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2010 Death Date for Incandescents in the EU


The end is near for incandescent bulbs in Europe.  The year 2010 to be exact. 

Last week, EU energy ministers agreed to ban filament light bulbs across all 27 member states beginning in 2010.  In the past year Australia, Cuba and www.umlauf.de the Philippines have all announced bans on the bulbs starting in the same year. The U.S. on the other hand, is a little late to click here best price viagra the party, with a 2014 ban date.

The Energy Independence and Security Act, passed by the discount cialis canada U.S in June 2007, requires 25 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs starting in 2012.  This will effectively ban incandescents. The EU's decision comes days before it lifts duties on energy-efficient bulbs imported from China. 

According to the conservation group WWF, if the EU switches to CFLs, it will decrease energy consumption for lighting by 60% and CO2 emissions by 30 million tons (out of the 4 billion tons emitted by the EU each year).  This reduction equals about half the emissions of viagra online without prescription Sweden.  

This energy savings isn't dramatic, but it's still progress in the right direction.     

So while I support the EU's decision, and without getting into any arguments about CFLs and the issues of mercury/harsh lighting/higher cost that have been beaten to death, I do have to bring up this previous post.  We shouldn't get hung up on CFLs as the only lighting or energy saving solution.  CFLs are a good alternative to incandescent bulbs now, but we have to keep pushing towards better technology, whether it's improved LEDs or something we haven't even discovered yet.   

I hope that these government bans won't contribute to a complacency in lighting technology and will instead inspire the world's great minds to only here getting cialis think even bigger. 

Via Christian Science Monitor

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written by Jake, October 16, 2008
I hate banning technologies.
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written by Alison, October 16, 2008
As someone who has suffered from severe depression in the past, I seem to reading that flourescent bulbs can contribute to depression. I would hope people would look into this a bit further before making conventional bulbs illegal.
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written by Suzette, October 16, 2008
ESL light bulbs are coming in April 2009. Check it out at http://vu1.com/technology/technology.htm
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Christian Science Monitor
written by Kris, October 16, 2008
Not so much a criticism of the content as the reference source: The Christian Science Monitor? Really?

I'd personally avoid any publication related to an organisation based on cheap viagra generic such flakey and misleading concepts as "Christian Science". Just by putting the how much viagra word "science" in there doesn't make it objective rationalism. By supporting these muddle-headed groups, I'd argue one's also fostering ill-logic, much like the anthropocentric affluence that fueled this energy crisis in the first place.
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Christian Science Monitor
written by LED fan, October 17, 2008
Kris,
CSM actually has little to do with "Christian Science", although it's a name that has unfortunately stuck. CSM is actually a decent, independent news source.
With regards to lighting, rather energy, banning these incandescents will spur on innovation in other lighting sources so the ban, in time, should be good.
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Christian Science Monitor
written by Kris, October 18, 2008
Thanks LEDFan,

I had that feeling (that the name said little of the content). I still feel it's a bit misleading, though. Oh well...
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Apologies
written by Kris, October 18, 2008
Oh yes, and apologies to Megan, the Author, as well then smilies/smiley.gif
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CFL's have their place.....
written by reasonable, October 23, 2008
When these CFL's first became available, I jumped on the bandwagon. One of the places I installed a CFL was in my garage door opener. It was winter. The first time I came home after dark and saw that faint white glow from the bulb, I realized how useless they are in cold weather, and restored the good ol' filament bulb. CFL's aren't for everywhere, so I'm hoarding my old filament bulbs for when they ban them completely.
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CFLs, Incandescents, and LEDs
written by Steve, October 23, 2008
I was a bit concerned when I learned about the ban on incandescents in the US. I am a strong advocate for CFLs, but suspect that many people will throw them out with the buy discount viagra online garbage like they did their old incandescents. The mercury in CFLs, while small in amount, is still toxic and should be handled as such. I know that Home Depot is now recycling these, but it’s still a concern that ignorant people (and I mean that literally, not as a slam) won’t bother.

I have replaced almost all of my incandescents with CFLs, but have left a few where we prefer a good, dimmable light. I spent $20 for a dimmable CFL, and can tell you that this is the best choice viagra uk far inferior to viagra pfizer india the intensity range of an incandescent. I also found that, as mentioned in another comment, CFLs do not initially provide good light in cold weather. So, while they are definitely an important part of http://www.auburg.de/levitra-sales-online our lighting solution, they are not ideal.

I am a strong advocate for LEDs, and am waiting for good, affordable, dimmable LEDs that can be screwed into a regular socket running on 120 volts. I think LEDs hold a great amount of promise, but we have to figure out how to more effectively use them in our existing lighting appliances. I trust that ingenuity and innovation will overcome this challenge!
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What about Halogens?
written by Brian, October 26, 2008
What is the fate of the halogen in the EU? Are they banned because they are 'filament' lamps? Would the ban just effect residential users or commercial/industrial users as well?
I work in the film/entertainment industry. Quality, color balanced halogen filament lamps are key to our work.

Sam Harris -
I may not speak for everyone here, but there is a place for pushing your political propaganda, the comment thread is not it.
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Mercury vapors will accumulate with use
written by E, December 14, 2008
How many people will actually dispose or recycle CFLs in the proper way?

Handing out individual sources of mercury vapors in CFLs is not the answer to reduction of mercury. This source creates a major problem with disposal - millions of lightbulbs containing mercury - because ultimately they will be in garbage bins and invens.nl landfills across the U.S.

Mercury thermometers were removed from the market, the answer is not to reintroduce a mercury product, such as CFLs. A mercury thermometer contains 500 mg of Hg, and a CFL contains 5mg of Hg. But when a university or business throws out 40 light bulbs at one time, and the neighbors throw out their light bulbs. The cumulative source of wow look it cheap cialis without prescription mercury from millions of CFLs is the problem, even if you don’t think 1 broken light bulb is.


Reduce mercury from coal burning plants through use of scrubbers and advanced technology.


A consumer product has a lifespan. Follow the lifespan of a CFL. First you have to mine the cinnabar. Cinnabar is heated to create mercury. Thus creating more mercury. Then you have to inject mercury into the viagra alternative thermometer - leaks here at the factory are possible. Then the consumer buys it, uses it and either breaks it or disposes of it. Now you have mercury in the garbage, which ends up in a landfill or rather in the air we breathe because mercury is a vapor. So we have effectively, added a neurotoxin to the ecosystem and into our health.

And believe me having mercury poisoning is cialis best deal a long and dangerous illness, that effects the brain and body. You should interview someone with mercury poisoning.
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CFLs are not good for you
written by Robert Pritchett, January 27, 2009
I am doing an article that will be published in the February 2009 issue of macCompanion magazine regarding our personal experiences with CFLs and verifying what is discussed in this video - http://vodpod.com/watch/1270032-just-how-safe -are-cfl-light-bulbs

Bottom line: These are very, extremely, detrimental to real viagra without a prescription our health and not a good buy. Get your money back and viagra australia go back to incandescents or pay higher medical bills because of the health risks we take with these bulbs.

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