Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
I want government to rescind the law on the sale of incandescent light bulbs. Why can't we have both types of bulbs on sale, side by side, and allow the people to choose which bulb they want to use. It is well documented that other major countries have or are repealing this law as it has been proved that low energy bulbs are a health hazard espcially to people who suffer from migrain, epilepsy or any kind of eye condition as the condition will get worse. Disposal of low energy bulbs is not straight forward either as the mercury inside them is classed as toxic waste, low energy bulbs also have a much poorer performance record when compared to incandescent bulbs. In this time of recession when everyone is living on very tight budgets forcing the people to buy Very Highly Priced under-performing low energy bulbs is dictatorial and condemns a large percentage of the people to poorer health.
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha[/color][/i]
Perhaps I'm being unduly picky, but I'm not very impressed with the wording on that one. I feel by throwing in things like cost issues, the important issue (ie health issues) aren't likely to be taken so seriously. eg. given how much longer the energy saver lightbulbs last (in my experience, anyway) and how much cheaper they tend to be these days compared to a few years ago, I'm really not sure cost is a good reason to justify keeping the older style bulbs.
Just my view - I'm sure others will disagree.
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I think that the common energy saver light we see to day (which are based on fluorescent technology) will be replaced soon be replaced by LED lighting which will hopefully solve these issues.
A move to ban incandescent light bulbs was abandoned in NZ a few years ago and now it's a case of let the market decide. There is a slow but definite move to energy efficient lighting here.
"I didn't mind getting old when I was young. It's the being old now that's getting to me." - John Scalzi Old Man's War, 2005