Thursday, 8 January 2009

100 Out!

It has been reported that panic buying of 100 watt tungsten light bulbs is occurring in the UK (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7817131.stm) in response to an EU directive that will outlaw their manufacture (and sale?) by September 2009. This is, of course, part of the drive to reduce energy use and to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the region (leading to strap lines a la Churchill about "The lights are going out across Europe (again)"). Some of the public questioned don't seem to like the new 'greener' bulbs on the basis of a) cost and/or b) the quality/quantity of light they emit. It is claimed that costs will come down and that the new bulbs will produce as much light as the old (in time?). Tungsten bulbs have been with us for more than 100 years and it certainly seems that there is a need for an effective 'selling' of the new technology based on more than energy or cost savings. After all, people apparently still find candles more 'romantic' than electric lighting. Are we going to see contraband 100 watt tungsten bulbs smuggled in from foreign parts or manufactured in clandestine factories?

2 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

the real problem with the commonest type of energy saving light bulbs is that they contain mercury, meaning that once they do run out they present a particular waste disposal problem. There have also been reports of people suffering migraines or something while using these bulbs

Paul Brain said...

Interesting. Does that mean that the EU will put in place a mechanism for collecting the new types of bulb (as seems to be the case for batteries)?

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