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EU phase out of traditional light bulbs continues

From today, shops will no longer be able to buy new stocks of traditional clear 75 watt (W) incandescent light bulbs as more EU rules come into force.

The switch from traditional, less efficient light bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs is part of an EU initiative to phase out all bulbs with poor efficiency ratings by 2012.

The mandatory phase out began in September 2009, with 100W and frosted bulbs. Now manufacturers will additionally have to stop supplying clear 75W incandescent light bulbs, and shops will only be able to sell off existing stocks.

More information must now also be displayed on certain types of energy-saving light bulb packaging, including its lifetime in hours, how many times the light bulb can be switched on and off, or warm-up times to make light bulb varieties easier to compare.

After the 100W bulb ban was introduced last year, there were reports of people stockpiling supplies of the bulb, but many larger stores including Asda, Sainsbury's, Argos, Ikea, Homebase, B&Q and Tesco - the biggest light bulb retailer - have already stopped stocking energy-guzzling bulbs as part of a voluntary agreement.

According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), energy-saving light bulbs can use up to 80% less electricity than a standard bulb, adding up to savings of £2.50 per bulb per year, or around £6 for brighter bulbs or those used regularly throughout the day.

Source : Which Magazine

01 September 2010
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