Philips to stop selling standard fluorescent lights

16th October 2008, Comments 1 comment

As of July 2009, Philips will sell only energy-saving fluorescent tubes and fittings.

16 October 2008

THE NETHERLANDS -- Royal Philips Electronics will stop selling standard fluorescent lights from July 2009.

The global electronics firm and the world's number one lighting producer will sell only energy-efficient compact fluorescent tubes which last 2,000 hours longer than their standard counterparts and contain 75 percent less mercury.

Philips also intends to sell only energy-saving fittings.

The company says the two measures will deliver a significant environmental advantage and lead to annual energy savings equivalent to the power used by 50,000 households.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • historytechdoc posted:

    on 17th October 2008, 13:41:28 - Reply

    This is basically good news for the environment. It would be better news for home owners and businesses if it also would mean lower costs for LED lights and other energy saving devices.

    Right now extremely low wattage LED lights are running from €4 for lights with two pins or two small bayonet-like plug fittings to for the large and small format lights that cost double as much to over €10,-- per light!

    These LED lights are not always as powerful as 'sparelamps' or conventional tungsten bulbs, but in many cases I have found that they are very good replacements for all other types and these lights range between 1 and 5 watts!

    When LED lights come down in price to around €2 a piece, I intend to replace as many other lights in my house as possible, including outside lights as well. That could be in my case as many as 20 lights.