The end of the commercialization of the halogen spotlights boosts the consumption of this technology more efficient.


The end of the commercialization of the halogen spotlights since last September in the European market has had a clear winner. The best-selling light bulbs today are those of led technology (light-emitting diodes). “They are replacing the old directional or incandescent halogen lamps and are also outperforming the low-power fluorescents,” explains Alfredo Berges, general director of the Spanish Association of Illumination Manufacturers (Anfalum).
In fact, the market share of these bulbs has gone from being 10% of the billing of the lighting sector in 2010 to representing 51% in 2015. “This sorpasso compared to traditional lighting has exceeded all expectations Were managed from Europe, which placed this moment in 2017, “says Berges.


The objective of the European Union in banning halogen bulbs is for the consumer to opt for more efficient solutions, since it is a type of bulb that lasts less hours than the rest and consumes more electricity.

Even so, on the shelves of shops and large stores, these products are still sold until stocks are exhausted. It is estimated that the stock will last eight to ten more months. “In 2017 we will continue to work on our range of halogen lamps that have not yet been banned from manufacturing (for example, R7S). The fundamental reason is that the LED technology does not have as much light power on these bushes, so the customer May be unsatisfied, “they say in Leroy Merlin. The number of references that this DIY firm has in halogen technology is approximately 5% of the total range. In addition, not all halogen bulbs are prohibited. Non-foci can continue to be marketed until 2018.


Spend less light

This is not the first time that the European Union has gotten involved in this matter. The incandescent was definitely eliminated from the market in 2012. The impulse that is being given to led light bulbs is because they are the most efficient, saving about 85% of energy compared to the old incandescent, say in Leroy Merlin. A savings that compensates quickly its greater cost and that not only depends on the types of lamps or bulbs, but of the own installation.

“With the change to led, the savings can reach 70% or 80%, and if we add the regulation that allows this technology we could reach savings of more than 90%,” according to Anfalum. And Berges, its general manager emphasizes: “The old technologies only allowed the on and off, and with this we can regulate the illumination up to 10% of the total power.”