SERIOUS MONDAY: IRELAND SET TO BAN TRADITIONAL LIGHT BULBS

The Irish government is planning to outlaw traditional light bulbs, forcing consumers to switch to more energy efficient alternatives.

A consultation paper which has just been released outlines plans to ban inefficient incandescent tungsten bulbs of 75w and higher from March next year. This will be followed by the gradual phasing out of all other traditional light bulbs.

On the face of it, this sounds like a great opportunity to both reduce the carbon footprint of Ireland’s homes almost at a stroke and save money for consumers since low-energy bulbs cost less in the long run than cheaper traditional light bulbs.

With any luck, the proposals will set a precedent that will be followed by many other countries. But, although we consumers often complain that governments take too long to introduce new laws, setting a deadline of March seems just a bit ambitious.

Hopefully it won’t cause any problems for importers or wholesalers who already have stocks of the old bulbs – or have placed orders with suppliers. Taking action over climate change is something all governments need to do – but not at the expense of smaller businesses. 

Susan
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