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London Telegraph
Tuesday, Sept 1, 2009

Householders are set to defy a law banning “old fashioned” light bulbs by exploiting a loophole in new European legislation.

From September 1, incandescent bulbs are outlawed from being imported to EU countires, to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

However the legislation only refers to “household lamps” and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has no power to ban the import or sale of the bulbs for “industrial use”, which will still be available from specialists.

The Daily Telegraph has been inundated with letters and emails from householders, many whom have highlighted the loophole.

Brian Rogers, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, wrote: “Those who lament the demise of the everyday bayonet cap household lamp need not worry. I suggest you pay a visit to your local electrical wholesaler and ask for a “rough service” lamp.

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