An energy efficiency organization pointed out the industry lobbying would wipe out $7.08 billion in energy savings for consumers responding to EU’s decision. The decision lets governments sell inefficient halogen bulbs for a few more years to boost profits at the expense of much higher lighting bills for the rest of consumers. However, the super-efficient LED revolution is unstoppable.
The organization also criticized lighting industry claims that consumers will be more inclined to buy LEDs when the products are more efficient at a later date, but LED bulb expert pointed out it would take 40 years to make up for lost savings from not switching from halogen lights to LED bulbs in 2016. Industry have also claimed European jobs were at stake, but the lighting industry has been investing heavily in Chinese production, while spending little to convert European factories.
Despite research evidence from Danishd ECEEE that energy-efficient LED bulb replacements were available on the market, and some bulbs price and quality levels were already at 2025 projected performance levels. The lighting industry pointed out the 2018 phase-out date was an “acceptable compromise” and would have preferred to move the ban to 2020.