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Light Bulbs

Volume 713: debated on Wednesday 21 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 January 2008 (WA 260), whether under British law tungsten filament light bulbs can continue to be imported, sold and used legally in the United Kingdom. [HL5447]

The technical requirements of EU Regulation 244/2009, which was agreed by member states in December 2008, mean that from 1 September 2009 it is not permitted to place on the EU market pearl or frosted (non-clear) non-directional incandescent lamps, regardless of wattage.

One hundred watt clear non-directional lamps cannot be placed on the market from the same date. Therefore importing of these products is not permitted, although retailers and individual householders are allowed to use up existing stocks.