Legislation by the EU will soon come into action prohibiting the sale of 60-watt incandescent lightbulbs all across Europe. The ban will be enforced on September 1st 2011, halting the production of the conventional bulbs in favour of more energy-efficient lighting methods. Whilst it will not be illegal to sell any of the restricted products that were purchased before the ban came into effect, retailers will be forbidden from restocking the filament bulbs from the beginning of September onwards.
The ban is the latest stage in a worldwide plan to gradually phase out incandescent lightbulbs, a proposal which has already been wheeled out across the United States of America and has seen the production and sale of 100-watt bulbs brought to an end. In an era where we are more conscious of the environment and our carbon footprints than ever, the notion that the majority of the energy that is fed into the traditional incandescent light bulbs is converted to heat rather than the intended light is considered to be too inefficient for manufacturers to continue production. The new legislation endeavours to encourage people to convert to more modern energy saving light bulbs.
The truly eco-friendly LED lightbulbs, which can last for up to five years longer than typical incandescent lightbulbs, are being recommended as green replacements. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, can require just 7 watts of power to create the same amount of light generated by a typical 60-watt bulb, and there are claims that replacing just one incandescent bulb with an LED can cut electricity bills by £5 per year, such is their effectiveness. They barely emit any heat and as such, are considered the perfect option for Christmas lights and other decorative purposes. There has been some speculation and research into the fact that the newer GU10 lightbulbs, whilst considered the best in energy saving lighting methods, may not produce as much light as the older alternatives and though this may have been true in the past when the research was carried out, the production techniques and the processes used to create such bulbs have certainly developed since then.
With the imminent ban approaching fast and demand for incandescent bulbs soaring, many retailers have pushed up the prices of the long-established 60-watt bulbs to increase their profits while they can. But for those people who want to stock up before the restriction comes into effect, without spending extortionate amounts of money, there is a solution. The traditional 60-watt bulbs are still available to buy from BLT Direct, an online supplier of light solutions, in a wide variety of shapes and colours and with a great range of bases and attachments, starting at just £1.43 each or as a box of ten at only £12.59 (VAT included).
To find out more and order online, visit https://www.bltdirect.com
About BLT Direct: BLT Direct are an online supplier of lighting solutions. They provide a wide range of lighting products, as well as light fittings and lamp disposal services, and are committed to offering energy efficient solutions to meet a wide range of home and business lighting needs.
Created by Steve Ellwood on 30th August, 2011
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