Householders exploit loophole in light bulb ban.

Householders are set to defy a law banning “old fashioned” light bulbs by exploiting a loophole in new European legislation.

From September 1, incandescent bulbs are outlawed from being imported to EU countries, to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

However the legislation only refers to “household lamps” and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has no power to ban the import or sale of the bulbs for “industrial use”, which will still be available from specialists.

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3 comments
  1. Interesting point!

    About the ban itself,

    unlike most people against this ban,
    I agree with the need to do something about emissions (for all they contain, whatever about CO2)

    But banning light bulbs is not the way forward,
    and I think people who are less in agreement with
    the background arguments will just be turned off from cooperating in more important environmental measures.

    Let’s think about this:

    Europeans choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10 (light industry and EU Commission own data 2007-8)
    Banning what people want gives the supposed savings – no point in banning an impopular product!

    If new LED lights -or improved CFLs- are good,
    people will buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (little point).
    If they are not good, people will not buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (no point).
    The arrival of the transistor didn’t mean that more energy using radio valves were banned… they were bought less anyway.

    Effect on Electricity Bills
    If energy use does indeed fall with light bulb and other proposed efficiency bans,
    electricity companies make less money,
    and they’ll simply push up the electricity bills to compensate
    (especially since power companies often have their own grids with little supply competition)
    Energy regulators can hardly deny any such cost covering exercise…

    Emissions?
    Does a light bulb give out any gases?
    Power stations might not either:
    Why should emission-free households be denied the use of lighting they obviously want to use?
    Low emission households already dominate some regions, and will increase everywhere, since emissions will be reduced anyway through the planned use of coal/gas processing technology and/or energy substitution.

    A direct way to deal with emissions (for all else they contain too, whatever about CO2):
    http://www.ceolas.net/#cc10x

    The strange and unpublicised EU and industrial politics that went on before the ban took place:
    http://www.ceolas.net/#li1ax

  2. The Taxation alternative
    A ban on light bulbs is extraordinary, in being on a product safe to use.
    We are not talking about banning lead paint here.
    It’s just about lowering the amount of consumption

    Even for those who remain pro-ban, taxation to reduce consumption would therefore make more sense, also since governments can use the income to reduce emissions (home insulation schemes, renewable projects etc) more than any remaining product use causes such problems.

    A few pounds/euros/dollars tax that reduces the current sales (EU like the USA 2 billion sales per annum, UK 250-300 million pa)
    raises future billions, and would retain consumer choice.
    It could also be revenue neutral, lowering any sales tax on efficient products.
    http://www.ceolas.net/LightBulbTax.html

    Of course an EU ban is underway, but in phases, supposedly with reviews in a couple of years time…

  3. Good story…

    Another good story is the the unpublicised EU and industrial politics behind the ban:
    http://www.ceolas.net/#li1ax

    It’s good to do something about emissions
    (for all they contain, whatever about CO2)

    But banning light bulbs is not the way forward,
    and I think people who are less in agreement with
    the background arguments will just be turned off from cooperating in more important environmental measures.

    Supposed energy savings don’t hold up for many reasons:
    http://www.ceolas.net/#li13x onwards
    about brightness, lifespan, power factor, lifecycle, heat effect of ordinary bulbs, and other referenced research)

    Effect on Electricity Bills
    If energy use does indeed fall with light bulb and other proposed efficiency bans,
    electricity companies make less money,
    and they’ll simply push up the electricity bills to compensate
    (especially since power companies often have their own grids with little supply competition)
    Energy regulators can hardly deny any such cost covering exercise…

    Emissions?
    Does a light bulb give out any gases?
    Power stations might not either:
    Why should emission-free households be denied the use of lighting they obviously want to use?
    Low emission households already dominate some regions, and will increase everywhere, since emissions will be reduced anyway through the planned use of coal/gas processing technology and/or energy substitution.

    Direct ways to deal with emissions (for all else they contain too, whatever about CO2):
    http://www.ceolas.net/#cc10x

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