So here we are, about to plunge headlong into an era of Darkness, created by the EU in its bid to shrink our carbon footprint. Yes that's right, darkness caused by "NO LIGHT BULBS"" First it was the humble bayonet fitting 40/60 ands 100 Watt bulbs that were replaced by the hideous mercury laden "low energy bulbs". Next it is spotlights, downlights and bulbs that focus light into one spot, none of which have been emulated by a "Low energy" replacement.
Let us examine the idea of the "low energy bulb". Its food equivalent is the "low calorie crisp". You know, the ones on the supermarket shelves branded, new lower in fat!, lower in polyunsaturates and "now only 100 calories a bag". Like the lightbulb, statements which are a con. Lower in fat by 30% because there is 30% less in the bag, lower in salt by 30% because there is 30% less in the bag...and so on! Just like the low energy bulb, uses less energy because it produces less light, uses less energy because it takes so long to warm up, you have turned the fu**ing thing off, because you have lost the will to live and lit a bloody candle!
Then there is the mercury, yes that's right, no mercury in filament bulbs, just inert gas and a filament, easy peasy. Our low energy bulbs however, are a different ball game. They contain a plethora of contaminants, worst of which is mercury. Even the dept of the Environment have published the following advice if you break one...
Official advice from the Department of the Environment states that if a low-energy bulb is smashed, the room needs to be vacated for at least 15 minutes.
A vacuum cleaner should not be used to clear up the debris, and care should be taken not to inhale the dust.
Instead, rubber gloves should be used, and the broken bulb put into a sealed plastic bag - which should be taken to the local council for disposal.
Unbroken used bulbs can be taken back to the retailer if the owner is a member of the Distributor Takeback Scheme.
Otherwise, many local waste disposal sites now have the facilities to safely collect and dispose of old bulbs.
However, this advice is not printed on the packaging that low-energy bulbs are sold in.
Hows that then, we have been sold a "pup" by the EU, a bulb that produces less light, contains more poisons, possibly causes migraines and eye strain, but will make our carbon footprint smaller!
Superb, all this from an organisation which moves its entire bureaucratic juggernaut across Europe every year. Produces a "Rain forest" worth of paperwork every year and oversees its member states"rape of the worlds minerals and resources" to feed its voracious appetite for products to fuel its wheels of commerce.
Pot kettle and black spring to mind!
When will this madness cease, when will we pull out of this insidious organisation and go our own way, before we are torn asunder!