Australian government officials announced a halogen ban at a meeting of environment ministers and ministers in May. While the ban won't take effect until September 2020, halogen lamps could be phased out of stores after 12 months, according to the Lighting Council Australia.
Richard Mulcahy, the council's President, said manufacturers would move early to phase out halogen bulbs and that most domestic halogens would be able to replace them directly with leds. "Many consumers now prefer LED products and halogen lamp sales continue to decline," he said. High quality LED lights last 5-15 times longer than halogen lamps and use up to a quarter of the energy required to produce the same amount of light.
Halogen lamps use four times as much energy as leds. The government estimates that switching to leds will save Australian consumers a $1.48 billion over 10 years.
Although details of the ban and phase-out period have not been confirmed, Mr. Marcahi said, it is not expected that there will be too many exemptions. "Halogen lamps are made overseas and imported to Australia," he said. We expect halogen lamp phasing out there will be a clear date, until then, halogen lamp couldn't be imported into Australia, we in the country will also set the exemption period, to deal with the inventory in this country."
He added: "we expect there will be exemptions - such as oven lights - because these will need to operate in high temperatures. But unless a product is exempt, we do not expect halogen lamps to be on the market soon.
According to a 2016 survey by the Australian environment ministry, 32% of Australian households use halogen lamps (power voltage and low voltage) and 15% use leds. 13% incandescent lamps, 31% energy-saving lamps, 9% fluorescent tubes. Overall, 55 percent of homes use high-efficiency lights such as leds and fluorescents, and 45 percent use low-efficiency bulbs.