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Spotlight and downlighter bulbs next to be banned by EU

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Tracy McVeigh
London Telegraph
Sunday, Sept 6, 2009

Millions more traditional light bulbs are to be banned by the European Union, forcing consumers to buy less popular “green” alternatives instead.

Traditional spotlights and some kinds of halogen downlighters used in kitchens and bathrooms are expected to fall foul of the regulations being drawn up by the European Commission.

The new ban, due to come in next year, is being pushed through despite an increasingly bitter consumer backlash against existing rules which outlaw the selling of “non-directional” incandescent light bulbs of the kind used in living rooms and bedrooms.

Home owners have been forced to buy compact fluorescent lamps which have been criticised for giving off a harsh, dim light and for taking too long to start up.

Health experts have also raised concerns that the energy efficient bulbs can trigger migraines and skin complaints in people with photosensitive skin.

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