No More Halogen
Not all halogen lightbulbs are affected by this change, as only non-directional high-voltage halogen lamps are affected by the ban from September 1st, 2018. High-voltage means these illuminants are operated directly with a mains voltage of 230V. From September 1st, 2018, the production and import of high-voltage halogen lamps will be discontinued:
- On one hand, those with classic E14 and E27 screw bases (non-directional light)
- Directional high-voltage halogen lamps have been banned since September 1st, 2016, which applies above all to halogen lamps with GU10 bases.
Exceptions to the above rule are halogen lamps with R7 bases or G9 pin bases in the high-voltage range. These can continue to be produced and marketed with an energy efficiency class of C or D.
For low-voltage halogen lights, the mains voltage is regulated downwards by a transformer. Instead of 230V operating voltage, you usually have 12V or 24V to operate the lights. They are more durable than high-voltage lights and also have a higher light output. In the EU, we have tightened the criteria for omnidirectional halogen lights from September 1st, 2018. In addition to other criteria, these must now be at least energy efficiency class 'B'. Examples of low-voltage halogen lamps are G9 pin base. Directional low-voltage halogen lights have had to meet the stricter criteria of the EU since September 1st, 2016, which have to achieve at least 'B' energy efficiency class since that date.
Halogen lighting for special areas of application such as lighting components in ovens is an exception to the rule.