Since 2012, lamps that no longer meet EU eco-design standards have been slowly disappearing from Euopean shelves. The incandescent lightbulb has slowly been phased out since 2012, and in 2018 halogen lamps will face the same fate.
In 2016 new laws came into effect (EU No 1194/2012). From that point, voltage halogen directional lamps no longer met EU eco-design standards and could therefore no longer be placed on the market. On 1 september 2018, Stage 6 of Regulation (EC) No 244/2009 (including amending
Regulations (EC) No 859/2009 and (EU) 2015/1428) will take effect. From that point on, non-directional halogen will also no longer meet requirements and will be disappearing from the shelves.
Fortunately, this does not mean that you have to replace all of your old lampholders. Now that more and more types of lamps no longer meet EU requirements, many types of lamps are being made available in LED retrofit variants. These energy-efficient LED lamps are designed to have the same shape and connection of your old lamp, so they still fit in your luminaires and lampholders.