The government began phasing out the use of halogen bulbs in 2018. Credit: Alexander Jawfox via Unsplash

The sale of halogen light bulbs will be banned from September 2021, with fluorescent light bulbs soon to follow, the UK government has announced, in a bid to cut emissions and lower the cost of energy bills for consumers.

The government began phasing out the use of halogen bulbs in 2018, and  the majority of bulbs sold in the UK are LED lights. LED bulbs last five times longer than halogen bulbs and produce the same amount of light but use up to 80% less power.

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyn said: “By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change.”

Reacting to the announcement, Nigel Lee, of Nottingham Friends of the Earth, said: “The ban is a small step in the right direction.”

He added that as most light bulbs sold are now LED lights, very few people would still be buying halogen bulbs for their homes.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Nottingham said that while the bill was good it did not go far enough.

“Small shifts in consumer behaviour and government legislation on what is allowed to be sold are both good steps in the right direction. But it almost nothing on the scale of radical change that is required to completely overhaul the energy efficiency of all homes in the country and within the industrial, office, leisure sectors.”

Continuing this point, Extinction Rebellion Nottingham has also argued that: “This is a climate emergency and Parliament declared this over two years ago. But the government are still not acting like there is an emergency, they need to act now with much bolder steps.”

Exemptions to the halogen bulb ban will be in place for scene-lighting use in film studios, TV studios, and photographic studios, or stage-lighting use in theatres or other entertainment events.