The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has slammed the reported “hoarding” of old lamps following phasing out of traditional lightbulbs.

New regulations kicked in last week (1 September) which mean that traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs will be phased out by 2012.

This has allegedly led to a stockpiling of bulbs, with sales of conventional incandescent lamps in Germany reported to be up 34% in the first six months of this year.

Giuliano Digilio, ECA head of technical services, said: “The introduction of energy-saving lightbulbs is great news for the environment and for consumers who will enjoy cheaper energy bills. It’s not something people should be worrying about and certainly not reason for hoarding old lamps. We have seen significant advancements in lighting technology over the past few years and this is set to continue.”

Digilio also said that the ECA wanted to debunk some of the negative myths surrounding about energy saving lightbulbs, particularly with regard to cost and alleged dangers to health.

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