EU Bans Old-Fashioned Light Bulbs

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Clio
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EU Bans Old-Fashioned Light Bulbs

Postby Clio » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:09 am

...says the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8230961.stm

My Question: How many Greek light years will it take for that legislation to be implemented in Greece?

My Prediction: If this thread goes anywhere, it will develop into a macho wrangle about the pros and cons of different kinds of light bulb, with an enormous amount of minute technical detail as to whether or not you can turn right at the light bulb...... :wink:

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Postby bobscott » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:53 am

"..........................whether or not you can turn right at the light bulb...... "

or,indeed, how many blondes does it take.............. etc!

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Postby Assimilate » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:29 am

This is stupid EU bureaucracy.

Market forces would mean that as eco bulbs get cheaper people would gradually replace the old style ones.

There is no need to waste public money having meetings to make laws like this.

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Postby paulh » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:42 am

bobscott wrote:"
or,indeed, how many blondes does it take.............. etc!


errr wasn't it voluptuous blondes....not that I took any notice of course

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Postby SatCure » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:45 am

<pedant>
A light year is a measure of distance, not time.
</pedant>

I guess Greece will be ten years behind, as usual. They'll carry on selling as long as the bulbs are still manufactured. It rather depends on how many countries carry on buying them. As demand falls, the price will increase and, eventually, the manufacture of tungsten bulbs will cease.

100 Watt tungsten bulbs have been scarce here (UK) for a while now.

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Postby Kilkis » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:41 pm

Personally I can't see the problem. We've had nothing but low energy bulbs for several years now. Not a single incandescent anywhere in the house. We've been in this house nearly three years and I can't remember when I last changed a bulb. Some were already in use in Kilkis for many years before we moved here.

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Postby Carolina » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:46 pm

How many forum members does it takes to change a light bulb?


1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed
10 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
5 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
1 to move it to the Lighting section
2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section
5 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
4 to flame the spell checkers
3 to correct spelling/grammar flames
6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid
10 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum
10 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum
20 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty
5 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs
2 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's
5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
5 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"
1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.

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Postby Carolina » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:51 pm

MartinP wrote:
100 Watt tungsten bulbs have been scarce here (UK) for a while now.


Yes, one member of my family always takes a supply home with her when she visits Crete as she says she can't find them anywhere locally in the UK.

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Postby pinch » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:38 pm

Strange but true, i was on my way to Iraklion this morning, as usual i stopped at the kantina at the Bali junction, and the local dimos was changing the lamps in the sreet lights at the junction, for energy saving lamps. I don't believe they are the only ones doing it. What made me laugh, was the guy on the jacobs arm was throwing the old lamps down, and then gave directions to his mate, so he could find them. There by making a couple of hours work last all day. Are all Dimos [Council] workers the same, the world over?

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Postby Clio » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:23 pm

A light year is a measure of distance, not time.


And you think I didn't know that, me with my first class physics degree? It was a surreal play on words, you literal-minded wassock! :lol:

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Postby Clio » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:25 pm

Carolina: best post in yonks. From the heart!

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Postby Kilkis » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:21 pm

Carol, you missed the

1 to point out that technically they should be called lamps not light bulbs

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Postby Retired in Crete » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:24 pm

Carolina wrote:How many forum members does it takes to change a light bulb?


1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed
10 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
5 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
1 to move it to the Lighting section
2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section
5 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
etc. etc. etc,


Nice to know that you hold us all in such high esteem.

John

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Postby Kilkis » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:31 pm

Sounded about right to me. I wouldn't like to see the versions she typed and then deleted before posting?

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Postby Retired in Crete » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:42 pm

Kilkis wrote:Personally I can't see the problem.
Warwick


It often happens when you get new glasses!

You cannot see the green tint to the light. (Take a photograph of the light when it is on. Your camera can see it if you cannot.)

They are full of highly toxic mercury vapour. Don't breathe if you break one!

They do not fit many wall lights.

They can take up to ten mins to reach their full light output which, according to a recent newspaper article, is often below their stated output.

They can cause epileptic fits in the vulnerable.

John


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