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European Union to ban incandescent lamps from 2009

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Ban incandescent lampsFollowing the US, The European Union will ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs from 2009, as part of an energy saving plan, EU sources said.The energy wasting light bulbs will be replaced with either CFLs or LEDs.The phase-out of incandescent light is to begin with the 100-watt bulb and end with the 40-watt.The move to ban the bulb isn't wholly surprising, given similar announcements by Australia, Canada and Ireland.

According to current Chair of the EU Energy Ministers Council, French Jean-Louis Borloo, the objective is to gradually replace the market by fluorescent energy-saving bulbs.The ban will not apply to uses where incandescent bulbs are still the only practical alternative.

The measure, already applied in other parts of the world, will be gradually implemented from the second half of next year. The energy-saving bulbs are more expensive but last 10 times longer; therefore, the EU would save between €7.70 billion and €12.4 0 billion by less energy consumption.

The Danish Foreign Minister, Mr Thomas Egebo, a champion of the use of renewable sources including solar and Aeolian, on Monday said the measure prevents import and production of energy that is not used. The decision to replace incandescent light bulbs was adopted during a meeting of EU heads of state and Government last year.

Compact fluorescent bulbs already meet that 70% efficiency standard. They also last six to 10 times longer than incandescents. Compact fluorescents now cost around $2, vs. about 50 cents for an incandescent. Halogen bulbs, specially designed energy-saving incandescents and the emerging light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The new rules are expected to save consumers $40 billion in energy and other costs.

Courtsey - PTI

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