Retailers have found a way around a “ridiculous” ban on traditional light bulbs by the European Union which comes into force this week.
It is the final phase of the European Union’s long campaign to ban traditional light bulbs.
First it outlawed the 100W version, then the 60W – to the frustration of many, who find the old-fashioned, incandescent bulbs cheaper and brighter than the energy-saving variety that are intended to replace them.
Now, from this week, a ban on all remaining traditional types, including the 40W bulb, is being phased in.
But there could be hope for those wanting to keep using the incandescent variety – as retailers have found a loophole which allows them to get around the new rules.
The EU directive banning the 40W bulb, which comes into force on September 1, refers only to those meant for “household lamps”, meaning shops can continue to supply bulbs intended for “industrial use”.