Skip to comments.Light goes out for incandescent bulbs (in Europe)
Posted on 09/03/2012 9:07:01 AM PDT by Olog-hai
After more than a century lighting up the world, the switch will be flicked off across the EU for the final time on incandescent bulbs on Saturday as the phased ban on their sale is completed.
From 1 September, a European Union directive aimed at reducing the energy use of lighting means that retailers will no longer be allowed to sell 40-Watt and 25-Watt incandescent bulbs. Similar bans came into effect for 60-Watt and 100-Watt incandescent bulbs over the past three years. The restrictions are predicted to save 39 terawatt-hours of electricity across the EU annually by 2020.
Earlier this year, the UK government said the ban would bring an "average annual net benefit" of £108 million ($172 million) to the UK between 2010 and 2020 in energy savings. But the phase-out of incandescents has been met with resistance by some users who say replacement technologies, such as CFLs, halogens and LEDs, do not perform as well. Despite the substantial long-term financial savings promised, the higher upfront price of replacement bulbs has also been criticized by those opposing the ban.
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Candles and caves are what the Socialist overlords have in mind for the peasantry. Candles and caves!
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"The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time" -- Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon
The two greatest inventions in the history of mankind, the incandescent electric light bulb and the gasoline combustion engine...otherwise we would be no different than the last 5000 years. And yet that isn't good enough for the liberal retards & environmento crazies..... they want to push America & the world back into the stone age, and only the elitists will have modern conveniences.
Thank you dumbass doofus GW Bush...your stupidity & idiocy lives on!
This offensive act of social engineering to save a measly $172 million?
Think about this every time I have to flush a toilet twice maybe three times.
I’ve been stocking up on the regular bulbs for over a year now. I just about have a lifetime supply. Stupid politicians, they find the stupidest ways to “earn” their pay. We’d be better off if they did nothing and just left folks alone.
Yeah, in the UK. Over ten years, which means an average of $17.2 million per year not counting inflation, which won’t mean all that much anyhow.
While I understand your frustration, it's important to realize that an idiocy this big cannot be held by one man alone.
The Republican House had a chance recently to reject this madness, and voted "Present".
I should be good through 2020.
I also replaced all my toilets with the old-style high-capacity ones. Every time TPTB come up with a new stupid regulation, this is how I’m going to respond to the best of my ability.
Much of the world has seen the wisdom of magnetic induction. So is the the City of Carlsbad in California, but as usual we're being played by the beltway and NGOs.
“Candles and caves are what the Socialist overlords have in mind for the peasantry.”
Shrugs, if I were a bulb manufacturer, I would just make 101 watt, 61 watt, 41 watt, and 26 watt bulbs
There will be big business in the black market as Asia, South America and Africa aren’t following this folly...
You can find them online. Also, I read that the ban doesn’t apply to incandescent bulbs rated as ‘industrial’ rather than residential.
Not only is the light-bulb a victim of these greenies, but so is the old style washing machine! You can hardly find a washer with an agitator anymore! (I know, there’s one in the WH) These new high-efficiency washers do not clean clothes worth a damn! And the amount of ‘water savings’ is on par with the amount of ‘electric watt savings’ of these new bulbs. It’s just the left shoving their way down our throats.
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