Light Bulb Ban Good for the Environment and Bill Payers

August 28, 2009 12:09 PM

Lib Dem MEP Graham Watson has welcomed the first phase of the ban on incandescent light bulbs citing evidence that it will cut almost 5 million tonnes of CO2 and save the average household £55 per year.

On Tuesday 1 September, incandescent light bulbs greater than 85 watts will be taken out of circulation, although shops will still be able to sell their current stocks. All incandescent bulbs will be removed from the market by 2012 to pave the way for energy efficient lighting.

Research commissioned by, an organisation part of the Climate Group, estimated that when the change over is complete, cuts in the UK's CO2 emissions will be the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road per year.

There will also be instant savings on household electricity bills. A 15 watt energy efficient bulb produces as much light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb, but lasts around 8 times longer and annual saving of £2.62 per bulb result.

Graham Watson heralded the ban as a positive step in the right direction;

"Europe-wide savings produced by this ban will negate the need for the equivalent of almost six Hinkley B nuclear power stations; plus all the toxic waste and de-commissioning costs that come with them.

"Increasing energy efficiency is crucial to cutting CO2 emissions and protecting the environment. But this is an example of how coordinated responses to environmental challenges can also provide immediate help to hard-up households."

He also issued a reminder;

"Energy saving light bulbs contain mercury, and need to be disposed of properly. Many retailers will do this for free, and I strongly urge people to take them up on the offer."