Why are incandescent bulbs banned?
- 14 Aug, 2015
Incandescent bulbs are relatives of the original light bulb invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. In technological terms, this basically means they're prehistoric. But why are theseincandescent bulbs banned? They create lighting by heating a filament until it glows, which is a highly inefficient method of lighting because almost all the energy is wasted on heat - hence why you may have had the misfortune of touching a bulb that's still hot even when turned off. Only 10% of energy used to power an incandescent bulb is actually turned into light, and this is why incandescents have been banned in so many places across the world. Economic and environmental factors have persuaded governments to bring in measures to increase the use of more efficient lighting sources to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. There was resistance to these measures initially over fears that alternative lighting sources would be in short supply and pricing would be high. However, both objections have been disproven,with there being a high availability of efficient lighting sources that also pay for themselves by saving consumers on their electricity bulls. There are various alternatives to incandescent bulbs including halogen, CFL and LEDs. Halogens aren’t as inefficient as incandescents, but they’re only slightly kinder to your pocket. Due to this, governing bodies are planning to ban halogens too. This came about because of the same reasons as the incandescent ban. For more info on the halogen ban see here >. What has been banned? The ban is on the production and import of incandescent bulbs, not the purchasing of. If you really want to use these traditional bulbs you can buy them if you can find someone who still has stock. This would be very unlikely as the ban has been in place for a number of years. Where are they banned? Incandescent bulbs are being banned throughout most of the developed world including; North America, Europe and China. Undeveloped countries find it harder to implement change due to legacy policies, equipment and the initial investment demanded by LEDs, even if there are financial benefits in the longer term. You're OK to use incandescent bulbs if you still have them in your home. They will be using 90% more energy than the best alternative out there which is LED lighting. Check outour article Why Choose LED >to find outmore.