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Thursday, August 27, 2009

100W incandescent bulbs "banned in EU"

More interference and micro-regulation in everyone's lives from the EU in the name of "tackling climate change". Europeans will no longer be able to buy 100W incandescent bulbs from next week:
From September 1, 100-watt versions of the old incandescent bulbs will be banned from Europe's shops and other bulbs with lower wattage will follow in the ensuing years, under a system agreed by EU experts last December.

New technology light bulbs, such as compact florescent lights (CFL) can save up to 80 per cent of the energy used by the worst old-style lights in homes.

The move will also cut carbon dioxide emissions as part of the European Union's wider climate change package.

Admittedly, CFLs are more efficient and last longer, but on the downside, they produce a horrible light, are hideously expensive, take ages to warm up to full brightness, look ugly in light fittings, and are actually more damaging for the environment than traditional incandescents:
However the [European consumer group BEUC] added, in a statement, that removing the old-style light bulbs from the market also holds drawbacks for some consumers.

There are concerns "about the risks to health from the high mercury content of the new bulbs," the group warned.

The EU plan also "falls short of the needs of some consumers who need to use the old-style light bulbs for health-related reasons such as light sensitivity," BEUC added.

But none of that matters when we're talking about "saving the planet".

Read it here.

2 Comments:

  • CFLs are ***p but the powers that be have deemed verily, "that we the people shall stick them in our sockets".
    More AGW scam loonytoons, old style light bulbs produce heat. CFLs are cooler in output, therefore in winter, householders will have to turn up the thermostat in order to maintain room temperature, so what one gains on the roundabouts........ .
    The whole idea has not been thought through, there's a surprise, AGW loonies 1, pragmatic sceptics 0.
    The EU has banned barometers which use of course mercury(quicksilver as I used to know it-much better word), if not handled properly it is a dangerous substance, in our chemistry labs at school we had containers of the stuff readily available. However we were trusted and respected the properties and its poisonous potential. So the EU ban barometers, they don't trust us with the stuff, but, LO! CFLs contain........YES! of all things.......MERCURY!
    Its all nuts, political moonmadness and all to show that "we are doing something"- Lord in Heavens above give me strength!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 28, 2009 at 12:54 AM  

  • So true, but the irony is lost on the enviro-loonies who devise these policies.

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At August 28, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

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