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I agree totally. I stocked up on the old bulbs so I'm good for a few months anyway. As far as I'm concerned, anything based on a political agenda usually turns out to be a ridiculous and very inconvenient and very ineffective way to improve things, especially our lives.

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&Feisty all the incandescents have been phased out here completely - now we pay a fortune for a bulb that emits no light

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Yes, we're experiencing the same thing here in the U.S. As of the first of the year no more 40 or 60 watt incandescent bulbs can be manufactured and the 100 watt went by the wayside some time ago. I don't understand how it is ethical of any government to mandate our light source.

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I only use the energy saving bulbs in the kitchen, where the light is adequate enough. I agree entirely that an energy saving bulb that is rated the same as a 100 watt ordinary bulb is a pathetic substitute.

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I agree that we have a right to make our own choices. Governments have to justify their existence by enacting arbitrary laws or they would have nothing to do.

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&NightOwl over here they were averaging between 8 and 13 euros a bulb when they first when on sale -but once again we lead the way in rip off prices

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I seem to be the only one happy with the low energy bulbs, I have bought them as cheap as £1 and they last for years!

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&LadyDuck they are a shocking price here in Greece though slightly less now than when they first came out. Your hubby is right - they are a total scam and I'm certain some politicians received massive envelopes by forcing the EU legislation through

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Dim in thought - dim in light &BelleStarr - I'm waiting for it to go dark as the light will give out a bit more light then than it does in poor daylight

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Katerina hubby will make a monument for you. Since the beginning he said those new bulbs are a scam, the last less and they consume less only because they do not produce enough light. I think he is planning to write a letter to the Federal Government, Switzerland was obliged to follow the EU rules.

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I take it you aren't subject to an Australian ban yet then &JudyE

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This is dreadful. It is so annoying when it seems everything is controlled by others, most of whom don't know what they're talking about.

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&RICHNONAI I expect they have shares in the new type of green bulbs

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I was not aware of the ban in the States. It was OK there 7 years ago. I really can not believe that a country is banning people to see! What is wrong with your politicians....I know, stupid question.

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I think they introduced a ban in the States much later than they did in the EU &crin - over here they were allowed to sell them until the shops ran out

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I did not use incandescent bulbs for years as a main light source. The only ones we have are in the refrigerator, and the oven, because they don't have any other kind. I still have a few of the old Edison type around, I did not have the heart to junk them, but it will happen. They stopped selling them. I don't know if it is a ban, or they just stopped production.

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&carolee44 stock up there while you can - I presume they are still allowed to sell the old stock

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Lucky you over there &heinrigmsk - I'm sure the day of your ban will come soon enough so enjoy them while you can

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&quillman and they contain some dangerous ingredient that eludes me for the moment

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The energy saving bulbs are a great idea - in theory - in practice they are not bright enough. Might as well use a candle. lol

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They are not "green" or efficient.But you will not get a politician to admit it it.

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sorry for that, here in kenya, we still use upto 100 w bulbs. if there was a way i could smuggle some to you............

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&TonyFlanigan I'm sure the PTB will get round to banning them there too

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ouch... i can't see properly with anything less than 100 watt...

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