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Lightning becomes history

Less energy consumption and lower power bills are what you will get if you replace the old bulbs.

Lightning becomes history

The traditional incandescent bulbs are on the way out of the market for environmental and energy reasons. Photo: Daniel Gilbey

The authorities want you to save energy. That means that already in the fall you will have trouble buying matte pears and 100 watts of clear bulbs.

In addition, all of the traditional incandescent bulbs will be out of the market by 2012. Then you will only buy so-called low-energy lamps, it is proposed in an EU directive (* pdf) that will be taken up for evaluation in EFTA this autumn.

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– It’s the benefits of energy saving and environmental impacts that are crucial for the phasing out of the traditional bulbs, “says Frode Olav Gjerstad at Enova, which is the government’s agency to promote environmentally friendly energy use.

Saves money and environment

The savings in energy consumption by replacing the traditional incandescent bulbs, according to Gjerstad, will amount to up to 2000 kroner the year for a household.

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In addition, we also save the environment by cutting energy consumption, which means reduced emissions in connection with energy production. Significantly longer life on low energy lamps also means a lot of bulbs will be thrown in the future.

A regular light bulb will have about five times longer lifetime (10,000 hours) than a traditional bulb, while a LED bulb will have a minimum of 20 times the life span (50,000 hours).

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The first bulbs that will be phased out are therefore light bulbs and clear bulbs of 100 W or more. Then 75 wattens disappear in 2010, 60 watts in 2011 and finally 40 and 25 watts in 2012. After that, there will only be low energy lamps to be purchased.

Essentially, this would mean spare bulbs and so-called LED bulbs. These have traditionally been associated with a colder light, but manufacturers are in the process of producing new light bulbs that are adapted to the Norwegian consumer.

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– Already bought halogen lamps similar to the traditional light bulbs, both in shape and light quality, says Erlend Lillelien, Head of Department of Lighting Culture, which announces that there will be even more new products on the market in the light close future.

– Among other things, we see that the improvement of the traditional energy saving bulbs has sparked momentum. It is also working to create dimmable energy saving bulbs, as such have not been available before.

Lightning becomes history

Spare bulbs require only 20 percent of the energy compared to a conventional incandescent bulb, and they want up to five times longer life. Photo: Osram

How much can you save

Fluorescent Lamp:

Purchase: $ 25, –

11 W x 10,000 t x 0,80 kr / kWh = kr 88, –

Total: $ 113, –


Purchase: £ 20, – (life-saving life 4 gr regular light bulbs)

Usage: 60 W x 10,000 t x 0,80 kr / kWh = kr 480, –

Total: $ 500, –

Source: Enova

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More expensive in purchasing, cheaper in use

Both energy saving bulbs and LED lamps are more expensive in purchasing than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they consume significantly longer service life and lower energy consumption. With a life span of 10,000 hours, a light bulb will reduce your power bill by around $ 400 compared to whether you had a traditional light bulb.

However, we assume that as the market for low-energy lamps is getting bigger, it will mean that prices will fall due to increased competition, Gjerstad explains.

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