EU ban on 75W bulbs comes into force
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Starting today, it is illegal to manufacture or import 75W European Union. The phaseout started last year when 100W light bulbs were outlawed. Bulbs of 60W will be phased out next year, and incandescent lighting of all types will be phased out in 2012.in the
Theis part of the EU's strategy to cut by 20% by 2020. Replacing the old lamps with more efficient models is expected to reduce energy consumption for lighting by 60% in the EU, equivalent to saving 30 million tons of CO2 pollution every year.
In its editorial yesterday, the conservativeharshly criticized the ban, labelling it a result of "bureaucratic irritation" and a "war on Edison's greatest invention". General criticism of such bans includes panic buying prior to phase-out, environmental impacts of the which is contained in small amounts in all fluorescent lamps, and increased upfront costs for the consumer.
Brazil and Venezuela started to phase out incandescent light bulbs in 2005, Switzerland in 2009, while Russia and Canada are planning it for 2012. The United States is scheduled to begin a phaseout similar to the European one from 2012.
- "Europe's light-bulb socialism" — , August 31, 2010
- Leigh Philips. "Shoppers 'panic buying' old 75W bulbs before EU ban comes into force" — , August 28, 2010
- David Derbyshire. "Revolt! Robbed of their right to buy traditional light bulbs, millions are clearing shelves of last supplies" — , January 7, 2009
- "EU to switch off traditional light bulbs by 2012" — , December 9, 2008