The European Union seems determined to take the continent back to the Dark Ages – literally – as the ban on the manufacture of 60 watt incandescent light bulbs comes into force at the end of the month. A couple of years ago the 100W bulbs were removed from the shelves, now the 60W and then it will be the 40W bulbs. It’s the same old story – salami slice tactics of control.
And here’s the extra surprise – those energy-saving bulbs that used to cost next to nothing have been going up and up in price and this is set to continue:
The sales director of Sylvania, one of Europe’s largest bulb-makers, told his customers that China’s near-monopoly over the key raw materials lay behind the increase.
So we are being held to ransom both by the European Union and the Chinese.
In 2008 I wrote a post entitled, EU to ban traditional light bulbs, but at what cost to health and the environment?
We are being forced to adopt these light bulbs which contain hazardous materials and cause discomfort to people with various conditions. Although, they aren’t forcing me, because I have a stockpile and will be buying more. People are still selling them on ebay. I bought some 100W bulbs in a local shop a few weeks ago.
Resistance is not futile.
Up yours, EU!