In 2008 the European Union decided to take regular incandescent light bulbs off the market, because it is believed that they consume too much energy and that banning incandescent lamps will help fight climate change.
The ban will leave citizens no choice but to use energy saving light bulbs, the most common type being ‘compact fluorescent lights’ or CFL. However, not only is the light emitted by CFLs unpleasant and have doubts arisen on the amount of energy really saved by energy saving lights, there are also important health and environmental risks attached to CFLs. The goal of this website is to shed a light on these health risks.
This website equally pays attention to the negative side-effects of LED lights (‘light-emitting diode’). LED is often promoted as the perfect and safe alternative to CFLs, but recent studies show that LEDs contain toxic substances and are hazardous to health as well.
On the basis of these risks and disadvantages it can be said that the decision to ban incandescent lamps was a hasty and an unwise one which will likely result in significant negative consequences for public health and the environment. A lot of citizens and organizations are therefore in favor of lifting the ban. Several countries (New Zealand, the United States, Canada) have already decided to postpone or undo the planned ban.