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The Directorate General Communication of the European Commission

FAQ: phasing out conventional incandescent bulbs (2009)

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On 18 March 2008, the European Commission adopted a regulation on non-directional household lamps which would replace inefficient incandescent bulbs by more efficient alternatives between 2009 and 2012. As of Tuesday September 1st 2009, old standard frosted light bulbs and clear bulbs of 100 watts and more can no longer be manufactured or imported into the EU as part of the plan.

Following document contains the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding timing, ambitions, impact, legal framework, Compact Fluorescent Lamp issues and other topics related to phase out of incandescent light bulbs in European Union prepared by The Directorate General Communication of the European Commission.


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