Australia set to be first to axe halogen

Australia's lighting industry is likely to act early and remove halogen sources from the market ahead of a outright ban in September 2020.

AUSTRALIA looks set to be one of the first major countries in the world to banish halogen lamps from its shelves.

Ranks of halogen downlights in a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia. The lighting industry may pre-empt an effective ban in September 2020 by removing halogen lamps from sale in the market ahead of that date.n

The nation’s lighting industry is likely to act early and remove halogen sources from the market ahead of an outright ban in September 2020.

If it does so, it will become the first major market to remove halogen. Europe will effectively outlaw both halogen and compact fluorescent, also in September 2020.

‘Halogen lamps are manufactured overseas and imported into Australia,’ Lighting Council Australia chief executive Richard Mulcahy told the press. ‘We expect the halogen phase-out will set a date when halogen lamps can no longer be imported into Australia, while specifying a grandfathering period to deal with stock already in the country.

‘Many consumers already prefer LED products and sales volumes of halogen lamps continue to decrease.’

There will be a small number of exemptions for applications where LED technology is not yet suitable such as high-temperature oven lights and possibly for entertainment and theatrical lighting.

In September 2020, the European Commission is set to introduce minimum efficiency requirement of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources as part of a review of the Ecodesign laws. As standard tungsten halogen lamps have an efficiency of around 25 lm/W, they will be effectively outlawed from that date.

In January, California effectively outlawed halogen with the introduction of a minimum efficiency of 45 lumens per watt while in August 2017, Kuwait announced an outright ban on the import of halogen lamps.


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