As August closes out, we’re going to take a look overseas this week at a major event in the lighting world about to occur in European Union countries. Two years after a ban on 100 watt fluorescents went into effect, beginning tomorrow, 60 watt light bulbs will also no longer be manufactured. While retailers will be able to sell out their existing stock of 60 watt fluorescents, in effect, the only option moving forward will be compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
What does this mean here in the U.S.? Not much at this time, outside of being something to think about. The energy benefits of CFLs are clear, to be sure: they draw less electricity, and also last much longer than traditional fluorescents, meaning fewer replacements. Like all fluorescents, however, CFLs are also not immune to the ongoing rare earth material shortage, joining other bulbs in across-the-board manufacturing cost increases. Undoubtedly, other nations, including ours, will be watching the EU to see how well this new plan works. Share any thoughts and comments below!