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Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Begins 1st September

The EU ban agreed to in December last year which will put an end to the sale of 100 watt and frosted incandescent light bulbs comes into place on 1st September 2009. The ban will help reduce carbon emissions, as energy efficient CFL (Compact Florescent Lamp) bulbs use less energy than the familiar incandescent bulbs, and also last up to 7 years, therefore significantly reducing the number of bulbs people need to buy.

Energy efficient light bulbs have become much cheaper to buy over the past couple of years, and advances in technology have meant they are now available in many different sizes and shapes, with both bayonet and screw fittings, and are even available to work with dimmer switches. There is some criticism however regarding the newer types of CFLs that they do cost more, however the Energy Saving Trust estimates that each energy efficient light bulb used can save between £3 and £6 on your electricity bill each year.

The ban will apply to the manufacturing and shipping of new stock to shops and stores, therefore shops with existing stocks of 100 watt and frosted incandescent light bulbs will still be able to sell them. Lower wattage incandescent light bulbs will also be phased out however by 2012.

Dan Norris, the Environment Minister, is pleased with the ban, which by 2020 should save up to 1 million tonnes of CO2, therefore helping contribute to government targets of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. He said,

“We can no longer rely on light bulbs which waste 95 per cent of their energy as heat. We are glad the EU has put this measure in place to stop the waste of energy and money from old fashioned high energy bulbs. The UK has had a successful voluntary initiative in place for a few years, and now the rest of the EU will follow suit on a mandatory basis.”


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  1. I agree that we must think of the environment
    -however, banning light bulbs is not the way to go…
    Light bulbs have been safely used for 100+ years
    We are NOT talking about lead paint here,
    and light bulbs do NOT give out CO2 gas (like cars)…

    = power stations give out the emissions, power stations can of course be dealt with directly
    (CO2 processing and/or energy substitution, as is already planned anyway).

    Ironically the environmentally questionable CFL lights are the one being promoted – in another world, those mercury containing bulbs would be the ones banned!

    For all reasons why banning bulbs is wrong,
    and why the energy emission savings arguments don’t hold up,
    and for the EU and industrial background politics behind the ban
    see http//www.ceolas.net/#li1x onwards

    (if banning was nonetheless desired, government could gain (or could have gained) a lot of income from a tax that nevertheless reducedthe sales on the cheap popular bulbs which could be used towards home energy schemes and renewable projects, lowering emissions much more than remaining bulbs were causing them = a pound or two on reduced c.250-300 million annual sales would give substantial sums)

    Posted by peter in dublin August 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
  2. You crazies are the instigators for this ludicrous ban.

    I’m fed up of BS like this, banning lightbulbs in an ostensible attempt to “save the earth”.

    It’s total BS. Forcing people to buy potentially dangerous and untested CFLs is unethical. It’s like you don’t give a damn about people who suffer migraines, eye strain, lupus or the myriad other conditions aggrevated by CFLs.

    All you care about is “saving the earth” at any cost, even the lies you’ve been told about how wonderful CFLs are, and people be damned.

    You are sickos. I hope this ban will be overturned in court.

    I for one will be doing my damnedest to waste as MUCH energy as possible as a small protest against you fanatics.

    Posted by honestly August 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  3. This isn’t a silver bullet solution, nor is anything else I have come across, however a mixture of energy efficieny improvements and renewable energy sources might be able to save the planet from ignorant people like you (honestly).

    Perhaps you’ll enjoy candle light when you’ve finished wasting the earth’s finite resources.

    Posted by Margie August 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
  4. Of course, I agree with the ban on light bulb because we should think about the environment but ban on light bulb is not the right way to go. Light bulbs are being used about 100 years.

    Posted by Dolly August 29, 2009 at 6:19 am | Permalink
  5. honestly?

    im no great green warrior, but you are very wide of the mark indeed.

    keep brushing it under the carpet and it never goes away…

    Posted by jamesw August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  6. Peter in Dublin, yet again you impress me. You need to thank your parents or teachers from your youth in teaching you some basic common sense! 😉 I love the idea of dealing with the power companies and giving them incentives and financial support to develop cleaner and more efficient methods. Banning a product like “the light bulb” is short-sighted and only makes sense for a power-hungry group of people running the government.

    Don’t force; encourage and incentivize!

    Posted by Brian Dancer September 3, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  7. Thanks Brian…

    Not that it changes much here in Europe (at least not until the supposed planned reviews of the phase-out process, in a couple of years time)
    – but perhaps might influence the thinking in USA and Canada,
    also from the point of view of actually dealing with emissions themselves (and all they contain, whatever about CO2).

    Posted by peter in dublin September 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink
  8. They haven’t banned “the light bulb,” because, as you may have noticed, light is quite useful.
    they have banned the older Incandescent light bulbs because they waste 90% of the energy you put into them as heat. CFLs do not produce nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs and they last way longer.

    In my opinion, this is an easy way of reducing our emissions and energy usage with minumum disruption to people’s daily lives.

    Posted by Mike December 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

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