Lights out for Old Bulbs
With a European Union ban on the manufacture and import of 100 watt and frosted incandescent light bulbs coming into force Tuesday, Sweden’s energy consumption for lighting is expected to fall by 50 percent. The 100 watt bulbs that have been in use since the 19th century are to be replaced mainly by longer-lasting fluorescent lamps.
But as the new bulbs contain mercury, they can also trigger health problems. Although saving money in the long run, they are also more expensive than traditional bulbs. The ban will be extended to all incandescent bulbs by 2012. (ah)