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Incandescent and halogen on borrowed time in Bahrain

Bahrain is looking to introduce laws this year to phase out incandescent and halogen lamps.

The Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) has met with the Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate (BSMD) to discuss the details.

‘From a a general point of view the current draft of the regulation includes aspects extracted from the EU lighting regulations to a differing extent,’ said Tobias Metch (pictured), MELA’s vice president.

Clear and non-clear incandescent lamps will be phased out, but halogens will remain legal, as long as they meet efficacy requirements.

BSMD said it expects the regulations to be in place by August – although it hasn’t set out the stages of the planned phase-out in detail.

Bahrain follows the UAE in phasing out incandescent, and Saudi Arabia is also looking at energy-efficiency regulations on domestic and commercial lighting.

The UAE’s ban on sales of incandescent lamps came into force in January, and is expected to save the country $183 million a year on energy.