Halogen lightbulbs will soon flicker out in Europe after the European Union’s ban on the sale of the bulbs comes into effect on Sept. 1. Households are expected to switch to LED lights, which tend to be more expensive up front, but usually last longer, consume less energy and can save on electricity bills in the long term compared to halogens. Lighting manufacturer Philips estimated to the Guardian that consumers can save up to £112 ($144) a year from the switch. The EU directive banned less efficient light sources with the goal of cutting carbon emissions . Proponents tout electricity savings across the EU of up to 93 terawatts each year by 2020, or the equivalent of Portugal’s annual electricity usage. Phasing out inefficient lights will "save 15.2 million tons of CO² emissions by 2025," Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, European Commission spokeswoman for climate action and energy, told CNN . "This is the equivalent to the emissions generated by around 2 million people per year. This is a significant contribution to the fight against climate change ." Itkonen added that the ban will also help reduce oil imports to the European Union by nearly 75 million barrels a year. Wikimedia Commons […]

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