In March 2009, a timeline was created by the EU to state the gradual withdrawal of incandescent bulbs from production. You can see below the time scale in which the plan is set to take place with most of the phase-out already taking place in the run up to 2018.
September 2009 - Phase-out of clear 100W and above incandescent bulbs.
September 2010 - Phase-out of 75W clear incandescent bulbs.
September 2011 - Phase-out of 60W clear incandescent bulbs.
September 2012 - Phase-out of all remaining clear incandescent bulbs.
February 2016 - Phase-out of some bulbs previously defined as special purpose.
September 2016 - Phase-out of directional mains-voltage halogen bulbs. (ex. GU10)
September 2018 - Phase-out of non-directional halogen bulbs (i.e. candle, GLS, globe, golf ball).
Why is this happening?
The reason the ban is happening is due to the inefficiency of the energy of both halogen and incandescent light bulbs. Compared to newer LEDs that are much more environmentally friendly and will reduce carbon footprints.
Will they no longer exist after September 2018?
The phase out is taking place in steps and has been running from September 2009 when the 100W halogens became discontinued or made more efficient. Every year since there has been a gradual fade out has been taking place, so 2018 is the next step.
What will happen in 2018?
In 2018 all non-directional halogen light bulbs will become discontinued which will prohibit the import and sale of your average 60W halogen light bulb that some people may still use in their homes.
What bulbs can I use?
The two main options will be LEDs and CFLs which are both energy saving bulbs which have already been for sale for a number of years. The more popular choice being LEDs, which are being adopted by homeowners and business premises around the country, as they have superior technology and boast a number of benefits you won’t find in other bulbs. Along with developing technology of smart bulbs that are becoming increasingly more popular and attactive to consumers all over the world you can see more here. LEDs also use the least amount of energy out of all the options and result in lower maintenance, reduced energy bills and are more environmentally friendly.
Does this mean I can't use decorative bulbs?
No, decorative bulbs can still be used and are oftern LED with a low wattage and enough lumens to create the look you are after. You can see some of the decorative bulbs we have to offer here.