The European Commission’s Ecodesign Directive’s latest phase came into force on 1st September, meaning incandescent light bulbs are no longer available to retailers.
Energy intensive incandescent light bulbs of 40w or lower will be phased out, which follows similar curbs on higher wattage bulbs.
In September 2009, minimum energy requirements were brought in for household lights. This meant that inefficient energy bulbs were gradually removed from the shelves, which included incandescent and halogen bulbs.
Friends of the Earth – the Environmental group – welcomed this removal of “energy-guzzling light bulbs” which would mean lower bills for consumers.
“Swapping out-dated bulbs for longer-lasting, energy efficient alternatives will lead to significant cuts in electricity bills,” says campaigner Andrew Pendleton. “And because they use only a fifth of the energy, less dirty fossil fuels will be burned”.
Mr Pendleton also said that the government must ensure that consumers can cut their energy waste cheaply and efficiently.For further information: