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EU set deadline for incandescent lamps' phase-out

A decision was made about the phase-out of incandescent lamps by the replacement of energy saving at the Ecological Design Management Committee Meeting held by EU on January 8th. incandescent lamps with over 100W have to be out of the market starting from September 2009; incandescent lamps with over 400W have to be out of the market since early 2010 and by 2012, all incandescent lamps will have to be replaced by 2012.

Piebalgs, EU Energy commissioner, predicted that with this action, 50 euro will be saved in terms of average annual electricity costs per household within EU. During the phase-out of incandescent lamps, consumers can still use the old incandescent lamps at home. However, no incandescent lamps will be sold by 2012 and the ban for sale of halogen lamps will be prolonged to 2016 due to its better energy efficiency than incandescent lamps.

Incandescent light is considered to be a big energy consumer because only 5%% of the electricity can be converted to light; while the energy saving lamps with the same luminance consumes only 65%-80% of the electricity. As more expensive than incandescent lamps, energy saving lamps survive 6 times longer than incandescent lamps. Overall, therefore, it cost less to use incandescent bulbs.

Following EU, Australia and California will also implement the phase-out plan of incandescent lamps. According to the goal of controlling greenhouse gas emission by EU, 1 / 5 of greenhouse gas emission shall be reduced by 2020, for which energy efficiency has to be improved 20%. It’s a significant step for improving energy efficiency to replace incandescent lamps with energy-saving ones. It is predicted that 5 to 10 billion euro shall be saved annually after the implementation of this step. Gabriel, Germany Federal Environment Minister said the EU's decision conveys to consumers that it will save their own money to use energy-saving products. (Source: Science and Technology Daily)

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