Friday, August 31, 2012

EU: all incandescent light bulbs banned tomorrow

In the article aptly titled "Light-Bulb Ban Casts Shadow over EU Democracy", The Spiegel reminds us, the Europeans, about an important change that will affect our continent starting from tomorrow, Saturday, September 1st, 2012. No, Germany isn't invading Poland in the same way as it did on September 1st, 1939.

But maybe it is...

Starting from Saturday, it will become illegal to import any incandescent light bulbs to the EU or produce them at the territory of our continental confederation.

Traditional Edison's light bulbs remain the optimum-value product for all applications in which an isolated light is turned on for less than an hour a day, and for many other setups.

I hope you don't have to be told that the amount of electricity consumed by a light bulb may be very small and in your restrooms and in many other rooms, you may need many, many years to save the money for power to compensate for the initial investment in a more expensive lightning technology. And I am the only one who considers the spectrum of the black-body-based light bulbs to be more natural and safer? And the mercury incorporated to the fluorescent bulbs simply is worrisome – both for the individual human health and the environment.

Let me mention that I am – and my relatives are – using various fluorescent and other light bulbs at many places and there was a period in which I found it cool to buy lots of them and buy the most modern sources of light (such as LED etc.), something that didn't materialize. But I returned to my common sense. Most of the time when I press a button to turn a light on or off, it's a classical light bulb. They seem to be sufficiently long-lived but I have a couple of reserve light bulbs, too.

The Reference Frame actually can't guarantee that if you buy the classical light bulbs via the link above, you will receive the package. (Moreover, be careful, the particular light bulb may be designed for a different voltage etc.) The green Nazis in the EU may actually steal your merchandise and show you documents claiming that they have the right to steal things from you – even though they don't actually even have a legitimate democratic right to influence political decisions in the European countries.

Thanks, Mr Edison.

This insane ban – which will be extended to other types of light bulbs in the future (halogen lamps will be banned in 4 years) – is just one of the many symptoms of the shortage of democracy at the level of the EU. Today in the afternoon, we won't be able to return freedom and democracy back to the old continent. But you may use a few moments in this Friday afternoon to visit a shop with light bulbs and buy a few pieces of this famous Edison's discovery for your future needs.


  1. When the government, especially an UNELECTED government, intrudes to the point they tell you whether or not you can buy a cheap SAFE product that has been on the market for over one hundred years, you know you are entering a totalitarian state.

    The fact this is worldwide is especially frightening because there is no where to run and no one to rescue us.

    I suggest everyone take a look at a video make in the USA that applies to all of us. It is two hours long so I suggest 15 minute segments so you can digest what has been said and do a little research.

    Rosa Koire video on the UN Agenda 21:


    The more we know the better armed we are.

  2. I visited Edison & Ford Winter estates and museum in Fort Myers, Florida, 3 years ago (after Cape Canaveral and the Everglades). Thomas Edison et Henry Ford were very good friends. Ford bought a winter house just beside Edison's. They are gorgeous houses. They were rich guys by then... but it is obvious that Research was what these guys loved among anything. They were amazing guys.

  3. Many people with lupus aren't aware of the UV emissions of economic (keynesian, I guess) bulbs. As far as I have noticed.

  4. Gail, this decision is reversible.

  5. Btw, I think Rosa's hairdryer's time switch must have busted.

  6. I've read that one has to be very careful when a eco bulb breaks because of the mercury : avoid vacuuming because it might spread mercury particles in the room, debris must be picked up with gloves and absorbing paper and put in special plastic bags, leave the room open for hours, we should only use those fluocompact bulbs at least 30cm away from us... nice :-(

  7. I wonder if a black market will develop for the classical bulbs? Why are so many politicians so incredibly pig-headed and clueless? Do they actually care about any underlying issue in regards to the light bulbs, or is just about raw, unchecked power?

  8. The danger of mercury poisoning is greatly exaggerated, Shannon. CFL s contain only 4-5 mg of mercury. Older T-12 fluorescent tubes contain five times as much and during my working life they contained twenty times as much mercury, about 100 mg each. I have personally disposed of scores of the old tubes by breaking them up, exposing myself to orders of magnitude more mercury than is in a CFL.

    My wife might tell you that explains much about my mental state but I am just fine, actually. Mercury is toxic and should be treated with respect but the danger from a broken CFL is minuscule. My wife can’t stand CFLs so we use them only for external lighting and night lights. She is very color sensitive.

    I also have accumulated more than 100 incandescent bulbs in preparation for the stupid ban. That ought to do me.

  9. In the winter, when you're using energy to heat your house, incandescent light bulbs have an advantage. Their inefficiency generates waste heat that allows you to turn down your thermostat. I remember a year or two ago that a German company planned to sell ordinary incandescent light bulbs, but to label them as heaters, and thus avoid the ban. I don't know what happened with that.

  10. The esteemed Cambridge university Network, Scientific Alliance on the EU light bulb ban
    see Dunday com
    " The total reduction in EU energy use 0.54 x 0.8 x 0.76% = 0.33%
    This figure is almost certainly an overestimate...
    Which begs the question: is it really worth it?

    The problem is that legislators are unable to tackle the big issues of energy use effectively, so go for the soft target of a high profile domestic use of energy ...this is gesture politics."

    Cambridge University Network under Sir Alec Broers, Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, Scientific Alliance newsletter on the occasion of the start of the EU Ban September 2009, similarly repeated since by them and other reputable institutions, as also referenced

  11. Re last comment about the small overall savings
    more exact link

  12. Ah ok see you are a physicist
    You might be interested in the data as to why the overall savings are very small, from the US Dept of Energy figures

    Of course, energy saving is not the only reason to choose a light bulb to use anyway:
    Whatever the personal savings for the most commonly used bulbs,
    it is the Society savings that should concern legislators,
    not "what light bulb Johnny uses in his bedroom"!

  13. The anti-incandescent insanity unfortunately has infested Canada also. All 100 watt bulbs are no longer available and the lesser wattage bulbs are being sold off.
    This is an example of abuse of power by advocacy groups and governments. Yes, there are some things that governments should regulate. Light bulbs most emphatically do not fall in that category. This government mandating (meddling) things for citizens that are not important issues for societal well-being is
    a moral sickness leading to police states and thought crimes. The structure of the EU, to me, looks very susceptible to this control of citizens and violation of privacy.

  14. Very right attitude. Just imagine what the climate effect - the only effect sometimes promoted as going beyond the trivial amounts of money - is. Even if the whole 0.7 deg C of warming in 100 years was due to our activiity and the percentage of the light bulbs were the same as here, 0.33% of 0.7 deg C is 0.002 deg C.

    Billions of people could read books in the evening etc., see their kitchen to cook, they did wonderful things as a result. And now we are supposed to be sorry about this whole history because it has hypothetically raised the temperature by 2 millidegrees? It's just completely insane. 2 millidegrees are completely unmeasurable and unprovable and a warming by 2 millidegrees would be a tiny change but a positive change.

  15. Dear Jason, the very article in Spiegel I linked in the first sentence talks about the heat balls, too.

  16. Ahh and I see the ploy failed. Too bad.

  17. Žár-ovka ...

  18. I agree that the danger of mercury is overhyped. But at the same time, don't dismiss it entirely. If one did drop one of these noodle-bulbs on the floor and it shattered, it would be a concern for pets or toddlers who are very close to the ground, especially over years of exposure and multiple broken bulbs.

    If you search deeply you'll find official manufacturer and state/government data on the things, those are real interesting to read. It's not going to make you drop dead, but it's not harmless either.

  19. No, it isn't all incndescent bulbs if the more efficient tungsten halogen incandescent bulbs are still allowed.

  20. OK, a possible objection - it depends on whether you include halogen lamps among incandescent light bulbs which makes sense because they're incandescent. But they're not "bulbs" in the usual sense of a very cheap product that costs below a dollar. Imagine that all "light bulbs" above is replaced by "cheap light bulbs".

  21. I feel bad for you guys, we almost did the same but repealed the legislation. I live in the north of the US and we heat 6 months of the year and cool only 2.5 months so I am sure there is NO energy-cost savings, let alone comparing the oil necessary for all the plastic in the CFL's and none in the InCads

  22. What about full spectrum lightbulbs?
    They exist you can buy them.

    ANd what's your opinion about
    And for the sake of clarity.
    seem to be using Europium for the red in the spectrum but if there
    where bulbs buyable without rare earths (without europium) what do you
    think about that?

    They exist too and you can buy them

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