Starting today, 27 countries in the EU will witness the phasing out of 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs, as part of a campaign which made its debut back in 2005 and which aims at compelling human society to be more energy efficient by switching to more environmentally-friendly lighting options.
As the people who started this campaign
in the first place explain, “Thanks to the world's investors, it simply hasn't remained necessary to carry on heating a tungsten wire to 2000°C in order to produce reliable light and more energy efficient alternatives have got smaller, brighter and cheaper.”
In case you were wondering, the lighting alternatives now present on the market are LEDs, halogen bulbs, and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). Apparently, all of these are supposedly capable of delivering the same amounts of light incandescent bulbs did, whilst in the same time cutting down on energy consumption by as much as 80%.
In all fairness, this does lead to some significantly lower electricity bills for the households and business that choose to use them, yet there are still some who claim that they simply do not meet their lighting requirements as well as incandescent light bulbs do.
Moreover, some specialists warn that people who are already suffering from sensitivity to LED lighting could be negatively affected by this ban, as the medical conditions they display could be made to become aggravated as a result of their becoming exposed on a regular basis to these new light sources.
According to The Scotsman
, One British politician, Sheila Gilmore, made a case of how, “If nothing is done, people who suffer ill-health from low-energy lighting will be forced to live the rest of their lives in the dark.”
Furthermore, “We don't want to discourage people from using low-energy light bulbs. However, it is important to realize for some people there are real health issues arising from the use of low-energy bulbs.”
Just as a reminder, 100W, 75W and 60W bulbs were banned in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.