Lichfield councillor raises concerns over light bulb ban
A Lichfield councillor has raised concerns over the decision to axe the traditional light bulb.
Staffordshire County Councillor Matthew Ellis (Cons, Lichfield Rural East) has joined those criticising the move.
Writing on his blog, Cllr Ellis said:
“I’ve been to a number of events recently and met people with a wide range of disabilities and one thing has been the bone of contention for people with sight problems – the decision to ban the use of the traditional type of light bulb, starting off with the 100watt.
“It really is a worry for those who already struggle to see properly. Many have said to me how important it is to them to be able to read in the evenings but their experience of the new low energy light bulbs has been anything but good, even when they’ve warmed up.”
“On the whole we do the best we can in our household to try and be environmentally friendly without turning our lives upside down but I too find the new bulbs pretty poor. It’s just a bit inconvenient for me but it must be awful if you totally rely on something which will not be available soon.”
The phasing out of traditional light bulbs began at the start of the September.
New European Union laws prohibit the manufacture and import of 100watt bulbs, but the move has been criticised with many countries across the EU recording a jump in sales as homeowners stocked up on the traditional bulbs before the ban came into force.