Energy saving lightbulb attack rebuffed

Fix energy prices until 30th September 2017

Looking to switch your business energy supplier? Click here

Use our OFGEM accredited comparison tool to compare the whole market today.

The government has rebuffed an attack on the compulsory use of energy saving lightbulbs – rejecting claims that partially sighted people will suffer when the legislation is introduced.

Peers claimed the energy-efficient bulbs did not provide enough light to read by.

But environment minister Lord Hunt said there were halogen lookalike bulbs available which provided more light.

He also rebuked claims that low energy bulbs – which use the toxic element mercury – could potentially damage the environment.

Lord Hunt told the BBC: "Incandescent light bulbs waste 95 per cent of the energy they use as heat."

"Phasing these out and replacing them with efficient alternatives can help reduce emissions and energy bills," he added.

When the fate of traditional halogen bulbs was sealed, many high street retailers reported a substantial jump in sales of 100-watt varieties.

The bulbs are expected to be scrapped altogether by September 2012 – pending an EU vote on the issue.

Click here to run an energy price comparison, and see if you could be paying less for your gas and electricity.


Found this page interesting?

Help spread the word and share this page with your friends and family on your social networks.