In 2007 the UK Government, in conjunction with the EU, announced plans to phase out all non-directional incandescent light bulbs by the year 2012 and all frosted (non clear) bulbs by Sept 2009. Much time has passed since the legislation was announced but as of this month the sale of non-directional frosted light bulbs will be banned and the clear variety will slowly phase out being replaced by LED or compact fluorescent lamps.
This move from the European Union is surrounded by negative rumours and theories that have only served to confuse and panic consumers throughout Europe, so much so that in Germany the sale of conventional light bulbs has risen by a staggering 34% in the first half of 2009 alone. This is however an overinflated response caused by lack of education, some examples of misconceptions and their explanations are:
It is rumoured that an energy saving light bulb requires more energy to produce and so they are no better than a conventional bulb.
An energy saving light bulb can require up to 8 times the energy during its production however they are 80% more efficient and have a life span of up to 15 times that of a conventional bulb.
Rumour has it that an energy saving light bulb takes a long time to reach maximum brightness.
A good quality energy saving light bulb will reach maximum brightness very quickly and in most cases the consumer will not be able to tell the difference.
Energy saving light bulbs are expensive.
It is true that an energy saving light bulb is more expensive than a conventional incandescent light bulb however they are much more efficient and will save an average consumer up to £12 per year.