EU is gradually withdrawing from the market traditional light bulbs in favor of a new generation of energy-efficient lighting, including Super Efficient LEDs and Power LEDs. A new law, effective from September 1st 2010, forbids producers and importers to market clear incandescent bulbs 100 watts or more in the EU. However, the shops can keep selling stock, while supplies last. Aimed at saving energy and combating climate change, the ban was extended in September 2011 and 2012 to less powerful incandescent bulbs. Unclear (frosted) and halogen bulbs with high power consumption will be phased out too.
By 2020, these measures will lead to an energy saving equal to the consumption of 11 million households a year and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions up to 15 million tons per year. According to the report "Life- Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts of LED Lighting Products " commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE ) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ( PNNL ) , in 2017 the LED bulbs will decrease energy consumption by 50% compared with current models and by 70 % compared with CFL bulbs, which is unlikely to have significant technological development in the future.