Energy saving light bulbs

Inefficient light bulbs continue to be phased out across the EU - helping people save money and the environment.

Traditional incandescent and the least efficient halogen light bulbs are being taken off the market in favour of energy efficient alternatives.

In this section you can find out why energy saving light bulbs are taking over, how much you can save and the environmental benefits.


The savings: energy and money  

Replacing just one traditional bulb with an energy saving light bulb can save you on average £3 a year - and by swapping all your inefficient bulbs in your home you could save around £55 a year.

The majority of the 650 million light bulbs in UK homes are inefficient, filament bulbs. Replacing these inefficient bulbs can make a real difference to our national energy consumption.


Who's behind the phasing out of inefficient light bulbs?  

Government, retailers and energy companies are working together to phase out inefficient light bulbs. Light bulb manufacturers are changing their factories to produce enough energy saving light bulbs to meet the growing global demand.


What's happening in Europe?  

Like the UK, the European Commission is phasing out inefficient light bulbs. All traditional filament bulbs have been banned within the EU. In 2016 all bulbs, including retrofit halogens, will have to have a B classification or above.


Premium Light

The Premium Light initiative aims to supports consumers to select energy efficient high quality lighting. Through Premium Light, the Energy Saving Trust will be working with industry to ensure consumers are informed about the quality and different types of energy saving light bulbs, from LED bulbs to fluorescent lamp technology, in order to make informed purchasing decisions.