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Monday, December 08, 2008

Disappointingly weak EU light bulb ban
Although it is good news that the EU will be banning the sale of 100W incandescent light bulbs by September 2009, it is very disappointing that the new minimum energy performance standard for domestic light bulbs has been set at a very low level and will also take many years to achieve the levels of energy saving that are already possible with compact fluorescent lamps (65-80%)and LEDs (90%).

Under the terms that have been agreed today, it seems that the EU's light bulb manufacturers will be given until 2016 to phase out incandescent light bulbs using halogens elements, which offer only a 25% improvement on the energy performance of traditional light bulbs.

Ban The Bulb believes that the EU's governments should significantly improve on this deal and that far more should be done to bring LEDs into cheap and widespread use within 5 years.