European Union Bans Incandescent Bulbs

European Union Bans Incandescent Bulbs

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Cambria Bold
Sep 1, 2009

As of today, the European Union has imposed restrictions on the sale of incandescent bulbs across Europe in its effort to lead the fight against global warming. Stores across Europe will no longer be allowed to buy or import most incandescent frosted glass bulbs. Retailers and consumers knew this was coming, so many of them have been stock-piling incandescents...

Despite the anticipated energy savings, consumers are gulping at the price point (€10, or about $14) per bulb, compared to the average price of $0.70 per bulb for incandescents... and, they purport, the light just isn't that nice.

This ban is just one in a series of endeavors the E.U. is making to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. As The New York Times says, "Everything from televisions to washing machines to tiny motors are being made more energy-efficient."

Considering that incandescent bulbs are due to be phased out starting in 2012 in the United States, the E.U's move will provide an interesting testing ground. While the E.U is not the first to issue such a ban (Australia has already introduced a ban on incandescents, and Cuba has entirely shifted to compact fluorescent bulbs), this is the largest effort of its kind.

Read the whole article at The New York Times.

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