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When Were Incandescent Light Bulbs Banned?

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The European Union agreed to a phase-out of energy-hungry Incandescent Light Bulbs which was to take place by the target date of 2012. This has resulted in a steady reduction in the sale of Incandescent Light Bulbs, excepting 'rough service' incandescent Light Bulbs which are for use in industrial lighting applications.

The EU phase out of Incandescent Light Bulbs allows retailers and consumers to use their existing stocks of Incandescent Light Bulbs during the transitional period of the phase-out.

The purpose of the phase-out was to reduce carbon emissions, and encourage the use of more Low Energy Light Bulbs in the place of Incandescent Light Bulbs. Frosted Bulbs and Halogen Light Bulbs are also being phased-out by the EU for identical reasons. Halogen and Incandescent Light Bulbs are largely inefficient because of the amount of energy which they waste in the form of heat.