Europe Bans The Incandescent Bulb

Well, it’s officially begun. “Green” isn’t just a trend anymore, now it’s the law. It started on the first of the month, when the European Union (EU) banned the sale of incandescent light bulbs. From now on, consumers will have to choose between two more energy-efficient lights — the compact fluorescent (CFL) and the light-emitting diode (LED).

In addition to energy savings of 80 percent or more, the EU also cites a number of other reasons for making the switch. For instance, as a result of reduced energy consumption, consumers will notice immediate financial benefits (after an initial investment). Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decrease. And while CFLs in particular use mercury in order to function, the EU states using more of the lights will actually reduce mercury emissions — go figure.

As a part of its broader goal to improve climate awareness, the EU’s “Ban the Bulb” initiative is being met with mixed feelings, as Commissioner Andris Piebalgs noted in his blog. Still, he believes that “the phasing out of inefficient lighting will act as a catalyst for further innovation…”.

LED technology is on the forefront of this innovation and stands to emerge as the superior technology in the long run. For more information about LEDs, or to see how organizations around the world are utilizing the technology, peruse our LED News section.

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