Phasing Out Dates for Traditional Bulbs

Why are traditional light bulbs being phased out?

LED light bulbs are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. These bulbs waste 95% of electricity they use through heat. Switching to LEDs reduces the amount of electricity used to light your home and can save you money on your electricity bill.

Which bulbs are being phased out?

The phase-out of traditional incandescent light bulbs in favour of more energy-saving bulbs - LED bulbs started in September 2009, with the withdrawal of all 150 watt (W) and clear 100W incandescent bulbs. That was followed in September 2010 by 75W bulbs, 60W clear incandescent lamps in September 2011 and all remaining clear incandescent lamps 40W and 25W in September 2012. The phase out of C-class retrofit halogen lamps will happen as of 1 September 2016.

After each phase-out date, shops were no longer be able to buy in new stocks of ‘phased-out’ types of bulb, but they could sell off existing stock after those dates.

Instead you can buy LED Light bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

The timetable for phasing out bulbs is arranged according to wattage and is set out in the following table:

Type of light bulb 

Date participating retailers will stop selling them

75-100W A-shaped          

Jan 2009

60W A-shaped

Jan 2010

40W A-shaped

Jan 2011

60W golf ball-shaped and candle-shaped

Jan 2011


The Defra goverment states that climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet today. It is happening and it is happening now. Everyone – governments, businesses and individuals - need to work together to tackle climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Phasing out the traditional bulbs and changing to LEDs is primarily the way forward to saving energy and reducing electricity bills.