Revolt against CFLs Brewing in the UK (from blog.earth911.com)
No sooner do I get out of the US than I find out things are not so positive towards recycling and reducing carbon emissions in the UK. Although switching will save each consumer about $15 a year and save tons of carbon dioxide emissions, it’s not as simple as when WalMart vowed to switch its customers to CFLs within a short time period, and proceeded to empty its shelves of incandescent bulbs (well, they are relatively empty).
In fact, CFLS have become so controversial that readers of the London Daily Mail are being offered five free 100W incandescent bulbs each by the newspaper ahead of an EU ban on the bulbs that has already practically caused them to vanish from local stores. People who can’t or wont use CFLs are buying hundreds of 100w bulbs at a time, stockpiling them against the time when they will no longer be sold. The 150W bulb aleady vanished from the UK last year, and the 60w bulb is set to go away next year.
The Daily Mail has secured a special supply of the bulbs, which its readers can obtain free by reading the paper and clipping a daily token. After the paper has printed twelve tokens, readers mail them in and they’re exchanged for five bulbs. What a desperate marketing ploy!
The reason for this amazing show of resistance is that low energy bulbs are incompatible with millions of lamps and sockets in the UK, a fact that only emerged yesterday, when lighting experts said that many of the bulkier fluorescent lights were too big for the sockets of standard table and floor lamps, and also didn’t fit into many ceiling sockets. They also don’t work with dimmer switches.
There has also been pressure in the UK to wait a few years to ban incandescent bulbs until white LED bulbs, which emit a brighter light, are ready for the market.