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In March, the European Union passed a directive banning traditional-style filament light bulbs, the first stage of which comes into effect on Tuesday, 1st September 2009. The Directive is quite complex and includes a number of exceptions but, in essence, this means that virtually all incandescent frosted bulbs will be banned from September and clear bulbs which are not category C energy efficiency rating or better will be phased out over the next four years. It will not be illegal to sell or use these items, but retailers will not be allowed to re-stock after the dates detailed below.

Frosted Bulbs

Any bulb with a frosted, opal, pearl or other opaque finish - unless they are category A energy savers - will be banned from 1st September 2009.

Clear Bulbs

Recognising that it is more difficult to replace clear bulbs with energy saving versions, the Directive provides for these not to be banned outright. Instead, a phasing out of the least efficient bulbs is scheduled as follows, although this effectively means that only the best types of halogen energy saver bulbs will be able to meet the new requirements:

* All clear bulbs must be category E or better from 1st September 2009

* 100W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2009

* 75W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2010

* 60W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2011

* All clear bulbs must be category C or better from 1st September 2012

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Bulbs are for pussies. Whats wrong with a good old roaring fire in the middle of the living room.

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Bulbs are for pussies. Whats wrong with a good old roaring fire in the middle of the living room.

Brilliant idea Nikel- :rolleyes:

Maybe they could show us the way with a roaring fire in the middle of the H.o.C. Chambers- on Nov 5th with a certain BrownFawkes on top?

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In March, the European Union passed a directive banning traditional-style filament light bulbs, the first stage of which comes into effect on Tuesday, 1st September 2009. The Directive is quite complex and includes a number of exceptions but, in essence, this means that virtually all incandescent frosted bulbs will be banned from September and clear bulbs which are not category C energy efficiency rating or better will be phased out over the next four years. It will not be illegal to sell or use these items, but retailers will not be allowed to re-stock after the dates detailed below.

Frosted Bulbs

Any bulb with a frosted, opal, pearl or other opaque finish - unless they are category A energy savers - will be banned from 1st September 2009.

Clear Bulbs

Recognising that it is more difficult to replace clear bulbs with energy saving versions, the Directive provides for these not to be banned outright. Instead, a phasing out of the least efficient bulbs is scheduled as follows, although this effectively means that only the best types of halogen energy saver bulbs will be able to meet the new requirements:

* All clear bulbs must be category E or better from 1st September 2009

* 100W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2009

* 75W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2010

* 60W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2011

* All clear bulbs must be category C or better from 1st September 2012

It's pathetic, quite honestly. Even if we all stopped using domestic electric lighting all together how much impact would it have environmentally? Sod all, I would hazzard a guess.

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translated means finally light bulb manufacturers have given us a big enough bribe to force people to buy more expensive bulbs , since they have just put in place economies of scale production facilities.

That said out here in Seoul EVERYBODY uses energy saving bulbs everywhere and nobody bats an eye , while in russia its the reverse.

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Ahh, low energy light bulbs that dont give out much light. Brilliant idea.

What is next? Frdiges that are not that cold?

Cookers that just warm the food?

Cars that run on 3 cylinders?

All great energy saving ideas from the soviet european union.

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And with all the heat these new bulbs dont put out, your central heating thermostat will just be running an hour or two longer completely cancelling out any energy saving.

Ive already stocked up with 150 spare bulbs, should last me out for a while.

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I suspect that, once the existing UK stocks are used up, traditional light bulbs will be fairly easily available on the web "from China". Also, I understand that one of the exemptions is for "rough service" bulbs (intended for use where shock and vibration would shorten the life of a standard filament bulb, such garage lead lamps, etc). I don't know whether the exemption means that they will still be available in pearl as well as clear, but I expect these too will find their way into household use

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And with all the heat these new bulbs dont put out, your central heating thermostat will just be running an hour or two longer completely cancelling out any energy saving.

Yeah, because they only kick out heat in winter. Duh.

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In March, the European Union passed a directive banning traditional-style filament light bulbs, the first stage of which comes into effect on Tuesday, 1st September 2009. The Directive is quite complex and includes a number of exceptions but, in essence, this means that virtually all incandescent frosted bulbs will be banned from September and clear bulbs which are not category C energy efficiency rating or better will be phased out over the next four years. It will not be illegal to sell or use these items, but retailers will not be allowed to re-stock after the dates detailed below.

Frosted Bulbs

Any bulb with a frosted, opal, pearl or other opaque finish - unless they are category A energy savers - will be banned from 1st September 2009.

Clear Bulbs

Recognising that it is more difficult to replace clear bulbs with energy saving versions, the Directive provides for these not to be banned outright. Instead, a phasing out of the least efficient bulbs is scheduled as follows, although this effectively means that only the best types of halogen energy saver bulbs will be able to meet the new requirements:

* All clear bulbs must be category E or better from 1st September 2009

* 100W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2009

* 75W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2010

* 60W bulbs and above must be category C or better from 1st September 2011

* All clear bulbs must be category C or better from 1st September 2012

So this is what Nosradamus and the Mayan calander has been predicting all the time. All clear bulbs must be category C or better from Ist September 2012.

As an Ex sparky who had dealings with GLS lamps. The quality of the biuld has been deterioating ovr the last few years and have very little life

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translated means finally light bulb manufacturers have given us a big enough bribe to force people to buy more expensive bulbs , since they have just put in place economies of scale production facilities.

That said out here in Seoul EVERYBODY uses energy saving bulbs everywhere and nobody bats an eye , while in russia its the reverse.

Yes you are right.

Just don't tell em about the mercury in these new light bulbs, mecuury is better than floride for you teeth and was never used a rat poision i don't think

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