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.