The European Union is set to ban the use of halogen bulbs and households are expected to switch to more energy-efficient lights, starting next month.
A continent-wide switchover to light-emitting diodes (known as LEDs) is underway that will slash emissions and energy bills, according to industry, campaigners and experts.
LEDs consume five times less energy than halogen bulbs and their phaseout will prevent more than 15 million tons of carbon emissions a year.
The new notification will enforce a ban on the production and import of globe and candle-shaped halogen bulbs. Manufacturers and shop owners will not be allowed to store, import or sell the classic-style halogen lights starting on Sept 1. However, it is not a total ban.
(read more: The Jakarta Post)