Energy-gobbling halogen spotlights will be phased out across Europe from Thursday, in a boost for super-efficient LEDs ahead of a wider halogen lamp ban in 2018.
Directional halogen lamps already in stores can still be sold after today but no new retailer orders will be possible for the spotlights, which can waste up to 10 times more energy than LEDs.
First hit by the ban will be GU10 halogen spotlights and PAR30 halogen floodlights (big reflector lamps). Lamps with an energy label rating of B or above, such as low-voltage halogen spotlights, will not be affected.
Which? magazine last month advised its readers to switch to LEDs, which can cut lighting electricity bills by up to 90%, according to the coolproducts efficiency campaign.