12V MR16 Halogen spot lights (also know as tungsten halogen lamps) are used the world over. Most households, restaurants and hotels use them so the news that they are to be banned in the EU from next year may come as a shock to many.
Under a new draft legislation (Ecodesign Legislation) which has been drawn up by the European commission, low-voltage halogen lamps are to be taken from next year (2013).
The impact this will have on people and businesses is astonishing as millions and millions of these lamps are bought every year in Europe alone!
The reason for this phase out is due to the large amount of energy that these lamps manage to use up and as it stands, they fail to meet the EU standards on performance, lifetime and efficiency.
This means that the natural progress will be towards LED spot lights which use up very little energy, have a far longer lifetime and can reach the required levels of light output.
LED lighting is one of the most efficient forms of lighting therefore the savings in costs and energy can be significant.
For example, the power of a standard halogen spot light is around 50-60W, however, the power output of a LED is around 4-6w. That's an energy saving of around 90%!
Halogen spot lights may only last as long as 1000-2000 hours, whereas LED Spot Lights last up to 50-60,000 hours!
LED lamps are more expensive than halogen lamps but when you take into account the figures above, it will take less than 12 months until you have claimed back your initial outlay in terms of energy saving costs.
There have also been many complaints from consumers regarding the constant “blowing” of halogen spot lights.
People complain that no sooner have they fitted them then they fail. This is most probably due to the fact that halogen spot lights are unable to handle small fluctuations in electricity.
These lights generate a lot of heat. Have you ever had the misfortune to handle one by accident after they have been on! This is another reason for their short lifetime. LED Spot lights have no such problems.
As indicated above, another benefit of LEDs is that they produce very little heat as opposed to halogen lighting which can generate a large amount of heat and can be considered a fire hazard if placed to close to flammable objects such as curtains and wall paper.
With this in mind and taking into account the clear advantages of LEDs, sometimes there is no better time to act now. Switch over to LED spot lights for a brighter, greener future!