Campaign Archive: (Feb 05 to present)
1. Create a deadline for action Ban the sale of incandescents by specific dates Ban 60W + 100W incandescents first (bayonet + screw)
Ban other incandescent designs later
2. Remove the price advantage of incandescents Increase the cost of incandescent light bulbs
Reduce the sales tax (VAT) on CFLs from 17.5% to 5%
3. Help the poor
Help the poor to replace their incandescents Help the poor to save money on their energy bills
4. Encourage responsible recycling
Encourage the responsible recycling of CFLs Encourage fair + adequate funding for recycling Encourage discussions amongst recycling stakeholders
5. Encourage + strengthen supporting legislation
Include light bulbs in the EU's Eco Directive Explain the pros + cons of the EU's RoHS Directive
6. Propose appriopriate exemptions Make the case for appropriate medical and specialist exemptions
7. Encourage continued innovation
Propose that technology neutral "watts per lumen"
criteria should be included in ban legislation
Propose "watts per lumen per m2" as further criteria
Highlight promising technologies as they emerge
8. Encourage energy efficiency and conservation
Explain the benefits of greater energy efficiency Explain the benefits of turning things off Accelerate the uptake of available technologies
9. Use LEDs to set energy performance standards
LEDs offer a 90% energy saving CFLs offer a 65-80% energy saving High efficiency incandescents offer a 25% saving Incandescents offer 0% energy saving
Banning incandescent light bulbs would...
Save 2 to 5 Million tonnes of CO2 per year in the UK
Save 23 to 53 Million tonnes of CO2 per year in the EU
Global Energy Use:
BBC "Green Room" 3 Feb 06
Light bulbs: Not such a bright idea
BBC "Green Room" 21 April 06
Shedding light on call to ban bulb
BBC "Green Room" 20 Oct 06
Where have all the leaders gone?
BBC article 29 Jun 06 Lighting the key to energy saving
IEA : Lights Labour Lost report
BBC article 2 Nov 06 Bulbs must be efficient by 2009
BBC "Green Room" 19 Jan 07 The need for ambition + imagination
Stern Review: Summary
Guardian article 1 Feb 07 Should I replace incandescents now?
Worldwatch: Effects of WEEE Directive
BBC article 31 Jan 07 Plan to ban light bulbs... in California
Nine MSN article 20 Feb 07 Plan to ban light bulbs... in Australia
BBC article 20 Feb 07 Australia pulls plug on old bulbs
Courier Mail article 21 Feb 07 See the light Turnbull
EurActiv article 21 Feb 07 How many EU members does it take to change a light bulb?
Guardian article 22 Feb 07 Should we ban these bulbs?
Scotsman article 24 Feb 07 How many light bulbs does it take
to change the world?
Daily Mail article 10 Mar 07 EU switches off our old light bulbs
BBC "Green Room" 16 July 07 Sex sells, but at what cost?
The Guardian article 27 Sept 07 UK to phase out 150W, 100W + 60W bulbs
The Guardian article 27 Sept 07
Ban The Bulb?
International Light Bulb Campaigns 18 Seconds (US)
Greenpeace India : BTB petition (India)
www.banthebulb.co.uk (UK: unaffiliated)
Campaigns One Watt Initiative (IEA)
One Billion Bulbs (US)
Big Green Switch (UK)
Eco Portal Eco Earth Info (US)
References Homestayfinder: How CFLs work MPs' Letters: EU light bulb rules Wikipedia: Ozone Depletion
EU: Kyoto Protocol
Lighting Industry Federation
>LIF: Lamp Guide 2001 pdf
UK Climate Change Programme
>UK CCP: Review pdf
UK Market Transformation Programme
ECCP Report 2001 pdf
European Lamp Companies Federation
DTI: WEEE Directive
Energy Saving Trust
GE: Soft White Dimmable CFLs
Cubans + Jamaicans hand out free CFLs
Energy Saving Trust
Low energy fittings
Save Your 20%
Customer Utility Services
Light bulb suppliers
Direct Trade Supplies
Light Rabbit : Commercial
AVR LED Track Lighting
Synergy Lighting USA (USA)
Express Light Bulbs
LED Light Bulbs
LED Lighting Supplier
eco LED Light
LED Eco Lights
Light Bulb Planet
First Light Direct
Lamps On Line
Bright Green Technology (signs)
Eco Friendly Light Bulbs
Go Green Lights (UK)
Energy Saving World (UK)
Light Bulbs Direct (UK)
Better Generation (UK)
Efficient Light (UK)
The Bulbman (US)
LED Online [LEDs] (UK)
OptoSource [LEDs] (UK)
CyberLux [LEDs] (US)
Androv Medical (UK)
The Light Bulb (UK)
Solar Power Centre (UK)
Intelligent Energy Solutions (UK)
Solar Insiders (UK)
Solar Gadget Store (UK)
Select Solar Panels (UK)
Energy Saving Advice
Conserve Energy (UK)
Intelligent Energy Solutions (UK)
Solar Security Solutions (UK)
Energy Company Advice
Good Energy Shop (UK)
Home Energy Generation / Storage
Cyber Energy (UK)
Low carbon technology sites
The Solar Centre (UK)
Price comparison sites
Business Electricity Prices (UK)
Business Gas Prices (UK)
USwitch: Business Energy (UK)
Home Advisory Service (UK)
UK Power (UK)
Business Gas (UK) Business Electricity (UK)
Solar Price Comparison Services
Talk Solar Panels (UK)
Talk Solar Boilers (UK)
Solar Quote Provider (UK)
Lux Outdoor Ligting (UK)
The Eco Experts (UK)
Light bulb history
1809 Humphrey Davy (Arc lamp) 1820 Warren De la Rue (vacuum + wire) 1879 Edison and Swan (carbon + cotton) 1880 Edison (carbon + bamboo) 1898 Karl Auer (osmium) 1903 Siemens/Halske (tantalum) 1906 to 10 GEC/William Coolidge (tungsten)
Fluorescent light and lamp history
1857 Becquerel (fluorescence) 1901 Cooper Hewitt (mercury vapour lamp) 1934 Germer (high pressure lamp) 1970s Anderson + Hollister (electrodeless) 1976 Edward Hammer (spiral lamp)
Mercury + Fluorescent Lights
Michigan Dept. of Env. Quality
Energy Efficiency Advice
EU Energy Label
Insulation + Windows
Find recommended products (UK)
Generate your own energy
Solar water heating
Small scale wind
Small scale hydro
The Guardian 7 Dec 05
BBC News Online 'Green Room' 3 Feb 06
BBC Radio 4 'Broadcasting House' 5 Feb 06
Austrian Broadcasting Corp. 7 Feb 06
BBC Radio Wales 8 Feb 06
BBC News Online 8 Feb 06
The Hindustan Times editorial
The Guardian "Campaign O.T.W. " 21 Feb 06
BBC Radio Essex 22 Feb 06
Interesting energy ideas...
Option 10 (UK)
Light Up The World (Can)
Downshifting Path (UK)
Cent. for Alt. Tech. (Wales)
Patio Heaters Are Evil (UK)
Friends of the Earth Greenpeace International Natural Resources Defense Council New Economics Foundation WWF
Renewable Energy Businesses
Climate Stability 2005
UK Energy Research Centre
National Audit Office > report
Alternative Energy Blog
Sierra Club Scoop
© matt prescott
Monday, December 21, 2015
Guest Blog : Changing Consumer Culture... One LED At A Time
Changing Consumer Culture... One LED At A Time
I sit here as a 26 year old man, shaking my head at the state of the world. At the recent COP21 (Climate Conference) in Paris, our leaders made all sorts of grand promises about reducing humanity’s impact on the world. Despite it being good to debate and share ideas, they failed to explain how our growth-driven economic model is going to reach this summit and what strides we all need to take to make a better world possible.
In this opinion piece I would like to explore how our economic model and the associated consumer culture that drives it - needs to change, if we are all to play our part in helping breathe new life back into nature’s foundations. In order to turn our noble dreams into a tangible reality we all need to face some cold hard truths about modern life and our own expectations. Ultimately, we need to challenge ourselves to think and act in new ways, which don’t necessarily revolve around endless growth and consumption.
We are all consumers now, but are there any alternative ways of leading full and rich lives without defining ourselves as consumers?
I’m talking about a complete culture change, a shift in attitudes, right across the board and at every social level. It is no longer enough for a handful of campaigners to bang drums and wave banners. We require mainstream change by considering how the millions of everyday actions can be made less harmful - quickly, easily and affordably. There are positive signs that this is possible, take the last 10 years in the lighting industry, many of the light bulbs we use today have become 90% more energy efficient and new technologies have plummeted in price as they continue to be made in their billions.
But what are the next steps? Plastic bags, cars, homes? How do we learn the lessons from the giant leaps in energy efficient lighting? How do we apply this model to every area of life?
Step 1 : Take stock of what’s around you.
What do you own, how do you interact and what can be improved upon. This can be anything from how you get to work to how you light your home.
Step 2 : Take the first step
When trying to change, taking the first step can often feel the hardest. It is therefore important to break the changes you want to make it small pieces and to allow yourself some early successes. My recommendation is therefore to implement some of the smaller and more achievable improvements first. After this you can tackle the bigger changes, from firmer foundations.
Step 3 : Measure what you monitor
In order to remain motivated, and sustain your efforts over the long-term, it is important to measure what you plan to monitor, so that your successes (and failures) can be quantified and used to show you what has been effective.
Step 4 : Share what works
Raising awareness of the changes you’ve made and demonstrating these have worked will enable you to scale up what you have learnt and help your environment. Try to influence your peers to make similar strides.
Step 5 : Build a team
Once you have some success under your belt, why not think about what you and others can do to tackle the bigger picture. Maybe set up a group with like-minded individuals and build a team with a clear goal and perhaps even a sustainable business model, that will allow your efforts to build and grow over the years.
The Transition Towns Handbook can offer some great advice on how to do this.
Step 6 : Lighting the way: On a more personal note, one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption is to be savvy with heating and lighting. The majority of energy efficient light bulbs, such as LEDs, are now produced to accommodate a vast range of fixtures. So the next time you need to replace your halogen and incandescent bulbs why not consider using some eco friendly LEDs and (cough) visiting our light bulb store at Direct Trade Supplies.
Change is never easy - especially when you are trying to change a whole culture - but I hope that the steps I ave proposed will give you something useful to think about.
Written by Thomas Bray from Direct Trade Supplies, Electrical Wholesaler.
Posted 8:39 AM by Matt Prescott