European consumers will no longer find the classic incandescent lightbulbs in their local hardware stores — that’s because the European Union’s ban on halogen bulbs takes effect on Saturday.
Stores will be allowed to sell their remaining stock of halogen bulbs but will not be able to refill it.
The ban is intended for the standard halogen bulbs like the pear shaped-ones but does not include special types such as popular spotlights and incandescent lightbulbs found in desk lamps and floodlights.
First announced in 2009, the ban was set to begin two years ago but was postponed to this year to give consumers more time to switch to LEDs.
Why the ban on halogen light bulbs?
LED bulbs are being praised as greener alternatives to halogen ones since they "tend to last five to ten times longer than halogen lightbulbs and use much less energy, making the consumer savings substantial," said the European Commission in a statement.