Bye-bye light bulb - new EU directive will benefit consumers and the environment
EU directive gives Europe's consumers clear guidance for purchasing new lamps / Gradual phase-outgives consumers and manufacturer maximum security / Lighting industry ideally prepared for the change of technology
From September 1, 2009 the first lamps will disappear from the shelves. These will be incandescent lamps of more than 80 W and frosted lamps that are not in EEI category A. Further lamps and wattages will then come under the terms of the ban in 12-month stages until in September 2012 all lamps down to 7 W will disappear.
Martin Goetzeler, CEO of OSRAM said: "The new EU directive is good news for consumers and the environment. The 8-year transition phase will ensure that energy-efficient lamps of the highest quality will be available as replacements for all standard applications, holders, shapes and wattages. The directive is a strong signal that the EU is serious about climate protection."
Consumers cannot get things wrong
Consumers cannot get things wrong when buying lamps. Retailers and manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that only approved lamps are made available o purchase. The information on the packaging will gain in importance. The EU directive will make this information be uniform throughout Europe as part of consumer protection. It will provide consumers with more and more help in selecting the right lamp.
"OSRAM will give consumers first-class guidance in choosing the right lamp. Since August we have been using easy-to-understand pictograms on our energy-saving lamp packages showing the light color, lifetime and which wattage should be chosen to replace which conventional incandescent lamp. After all, we want to make the changeover as easy for the consumer as possible. OSRAM is pleased that household lighting is at the heart of this new directive", said Martin Goetzeler.
Replacing incandescent lamps pays for itself
The new EU directive merely regulates retail sales. Consumers may still use light bulbs, which are already in use at their home, and must not replace those as of September 1, 2009 - even though they would save money by doing so. Energy-efficient products are more expensive to buy but they pay for themselves in most cases after only one year because of the much lower electricity costs. The new EU directive also defines new quality requirements for the benefit of consumers.
If you want to know how much electricity and money you san save with which lamp, and which lamp is best for which purpose you should visit OSRAM's virtual light house at http://www.osram.de/lichthaus
About Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH
OSRAM gehört zum Sektor Industry von Siemens und ist einer der beiden führenden Lichthersteller der Welt. Im Geschäftsjahr 2008 (zum 30. September 2008) wurde ein Umsatz von 4,6 Milliarden Euro erwirtschaftet, davon 88 Prozent im Ausland.
OSRAM ist ein Hightech-Unternehmen der Lichtbranche: Über 60 Prozent des Umsatzes kommen heute von energieeffizienten Produkten. Das stark international orientierte Unternehmen beschäftigt weltweit über 43.500 Mitarbeiter, beliefert Kunden in rund 150 Ländern und produziert in 46 Fertigungsstätten in 17 Ländern.