It's curtains for the 100 watt bulb. Erm, actually 'lights out' probably would have worked better.

1 September 2009

The traditional British light bulb is on the way out for good – thanks to those banana-straightening nincompoops in Brussels.

That’s what we’d be saying if we were the Sun or the increasingly-tabloidy Telegraph, but we’re not. We’re hard-arsed realists, so we’re pleased to learn that fresh stocks of 100 watt bulbs will no longer be on UK shelves from today. Expect the 60 watt bulb to go the same way next, as we all gradually creep towards rampant energy-saving and the saving of countless penguins’ lives.

The move is sure to inspire an outpouring of emotion not seen since the death of Diana, so use the comments box to pay your tributes to the defunct bulb or ‘Old Hundred Watty’ as we used to call them around here.

While you’re about it, check out this posting from HotUKDeals – 75-90% off all light bulbs! Yes! We can stock up on penguin-killing lightbulbs and nothing will ever change ever again. We’re coming to get you Old Hundred Watty!

TOPICS:   World News

31 comments

  • Alex W.
    Pffft I have computers that use less power than a 100w lightbulb. 65w off my Acer Revo to be precise. And I don't need the lights on to play games or surf the internet anyways.
  • Craig
    So we'll all be doomed to about 15 minutes of gloom every time we switch on the light, whilst the energy saving bulbs warm up?
  • Steff
    time to stock up then :)
  • SimbaK2K
    Brought 15 yesterday, so that should last a few years. Our light fixtures have been designed around these bulbs, and energy saving ones just don't look right in them. We could change the fixtures in 3 rooms, but thats more expense then its worth. Note they are still in shops until they run out of current stocks, then they are no longer allowed to replenish these, so get looking!
  • Jack
    People kept coming into the shop today and asking for these bulbs, and informing me that its illegal to sell them from tomorrow, I was tired of arguing with people by saying its not illegal, it is illegal to manufacture any more of them. Shops will have plenty of these, I'm surprised that we havent hiked our price up, well 99p a bulb isn't exatley cheap as it is.
  • Jack
    @Simbak2k, shops can buy them until the suppliers run out, we will be anyway
  • Nosher
    Just like the event of decimalisation, the sad loss of 8-track cassettes, the terrible discovery that the world isn’t flat, things progress sometimes for the better but the virtues are missed by the hangers-on in life. If you take the time to look around you can find low energy bulbs that look exactly the same as their incandescent grandmother (if this is so important), produce whiter light (or any shade you wish), and start as quick (well within a nanosecond). With the rapid improvement on technology in LED lighting, things look brighter still. Bring it on I say!
  • Craig
    I'll buy energy an saving bulb as long as the manufacturer agrees to chop down a tree, kill a penguin and burn some old tyres.
  • SJT
    I'm pissed off that some politician thinks they can tell me what I can and can't buy, but even more pissed off that they're phasing these out while the replacement is still crap. Show me a good, bright and fast working energy saving bulb, and I'll shut up (for a bit)
  • RSG
    what a bunch of grumpy gits its all a part of making the world a better places agreed with people being hangers-on in life. my energy bulbs are brighter and better then the ones i used to use..its pull off a btter shade than the old ones and its switches on real quick stop buying cheap ones lol
  • Absent
    @Craig I have 10 year old bulbs that take a few seconds to turn on and a good few minutes to reach full brightness. New ones in comparison turn on instantaneously and reach full brightness very quickly.
  • Groundskeeper W.
    @ Absent: Go hug a tree. Or read the Guardian. 100 watt all the way!
  • Marcus S.
    SJT: A politician shouldn't need to tell you what to do, common sense should. Some people are just too selfish though, so I'm glad ol' hundred watty is on his last legs.
  • OFI
    It's funny reading the news stories about this with them quoting figures for how much money each household could save each years once these bulbs are dumped. Good job electricity companies can't increase charges or anything.. oh wait. There might have been lots of advancements in light bulbs with LED technology etc but last I checked replacements for my spotlamp dimmers which pretty much cover my flat cost between £13-15 each over the pennies I pay now. They give out less light (yes even the modern ones) and have very limited dimming functions and all of my circuits are on dimmers. Never had a need for 100w bulbs myself though..
  • Bullet
    Look @ the size of China, Then America, Then Russia, now look at us, what difference is a few light bulbs going to do to the enviroment when these countries are pumping out crap into the atmosphere that our country would take a thousand years to achieve, now I am all for saving money on leccy bills and the like but give people choice, I dont see Britain saving the world on our own.
  • Juankerr
    I'll all for lower energy bulbs and advances in lighting technology but the "banning" of 100 watt bulbs is useless EU Nanny-ism. All people will do is change light fittings to ones with multiple lower wattage bulbs. In my last house, out went the 100 watter in the middle of the room, in came 5 x 50w spots in the ceiling. Looked nice, didn't look any brighter,burnt more leccy, killed more penguins.. Of course, the oldfolks (gawd blesss em) will be the one's who struggle.... I've just changed the majority of light switches in my house to dimmers, so I ain't going to be moving to low voltage lights any time soon. I know you can get dimmable low energy bulbs, do Focus, B&Q, ScrewFix , Tesco stock them? No they f**king don't. Can I put LEDs to replace the MR16's in my kitchen, no I can't cos they're not bright enough and the transformers in the lights are built to take higher loads. I they cost £10 a throw.
  • Gynx
    It's never about making the world a better place, it's about milking old technology for all it's worth and 'energy saving bulbs' are old technology, LED's are the way forward, not some crap full of mercury.
  • Monty
    Well I run energy saving bulbs pretty much all over my new house and found them to be hardly any different to the old style and they are just as bright! As for price saving I think I have noticed a marginal decrease but with the electricity companies seemingly increasing their prices at will I couldnt say by how much.... You realise how stupid the gen-pop are when you ready some of the stories in the news and read posts by people like SJT.... sometimes I think they just do it to wind people up or feel that they have to say something even though its absolute shiiiite.
  • Estate B.
    [...] we reported on the demise of the 100 watt lightbulb, which is slowly disappearing from shops’ shelves for good. But one man has spotted a gap in the [...]
  • Gunner
    "Just like the event of decimalisation, the sad loss of 8-track cassettes, the terrible discovery that the world isn’t flat, things progress sometimes for the better but the virtues are missed by the hangers-on in life. If you take the time to look around you can find low energy bulbs that look exactly the same as their incandescent grandmother (if this is so important), produce whiter light (or any shade you wish), and start as quick (well within a nanosecond). With the rapid improvement on technology in LED lighting, things look brighter still. Bring it on I say!" YES AND 10 TIMES THE COST OF A CONVENTIONAL NORMAL BULB!!!! What about the mercury in this little beauties? What about specialist reclammation required? What about the increased manufacturing cost to produce them alongside the small costs to make existing bulb types? What about the huge production carbon footprint this generates? Why do people NOT question new rules, why do they just accept regardless?
  • -Mike H.
    Whaddaya mean the world isn't flat?!
  • -Mike H.
    Why has everyone shat themselves anyway? It's only the 100Watt so far, People have got their facts wrong and think that it is now illegal to use a filament bulb within 100 metres of a phonebox! Once agaian, it's the media stirring up shite for something to report on and casue hysteria. Read about it and get the facts straight before you go out and spend next months mortgage payment on stock pilling bulbs you don't fucking need! 100W bulbs are only used to light fucking cities, a 60W will surfice.
  • Lumoruk
    5 energy saving bulbs for 99p??? yeah extortionate cost gunner With regards to the mercury if you smash one leave the room for 10 minutes sorted.
  • -Mike H.
    You'd have been hard pushed to find a fucking 100W bulb anyway!
  • Alex
    In stores tomorrow: The 99 Watt bulb!
  • peter d.
    Ha ha good comment Alex (In stores tomorrow: The 99 Watt bulb!) methinks though that the ban is from 76 watts upwards There is a pervere political logic to this ban... Normally bans are on products that are supposed to be unsafe Think of lead paint! So the idea is then to replace a cheap, simple, safe, popular and easily bright product, with an expensive, complex, mercury-releasing, unpopular and more difficultly bright product as the main replacement. Brilliant. Oh no, you say, "it's the emissions stupid, it's the emissions!" Hello? Unless your name is Miliband your light bulb probably doesn't give ut any gas. Cars are taxed for emissions. Light bulbs - without emissions -are banned. Brilliant. Ironically, governments continually complain about lack of fincance could pocket billions with light bulb tax After all: what is this all about? This is simply a ban to reduce electricity consumption. (ignoring here that supposed energy savings don't really hold up: http://www.ceolas.net/#li13x onwards ) Ordinary light bulbs are surely a taxman's wet dream: The light bulbs are CHEAP - so can absorb much tax, also since the main "energy saving" CFL and other alternatives are so much more expensive UBIQUITOUS (4 billion in each of EU and USA) SHORT-LASTING in relative terms (1000 hours, resulting in around 2 billion annual sales of the ordinary bulbs, in each of EU and USA jurisdictions, based on European Commission and lighting industry data 2007-8 ) POPULAR (around 9 out of 10 lights bought in EU and USA) Multiple billion euro and dollar revenues can therefore be raised for future government use: So perhaps in the continuing EU phase out - which has one or more planned reviews - this might be considered....or not...or, since taxes are not an EU decision, member states can themselves take that alternative path forward. The money obtained can be used for projects of greater value in lowering energy use and emissions, than any remaining light bulb use raises energy use and emissions. Examples: Renewable energy projects and home energy schemes involving insulation measures and the like.... Taxes are still wrong in principle, but surely something even pro-ban politicians should consider / have considered?
  • peter d.
    Effect on Electricity Bills If energy use does indeed fall with light bulb and other proposed efficiency bans, electricity companies make less money, and they’ll simply push up the electricity bills to compensate (especially since power companies often have their own grids with little supply competition) Energy regulators can hardly deny any such cost covering exercise... - in which case no money savings Conversely: Since energy efficiency in effect means cheaper energy, people simply leave appliances on more than before (in the case of CFLs they're supposed to be left on more anyway, to avoid cutting down on their lifespan) - in which case no energy savings The only real "energy saving" going on is in the mental activity of politicians in Brussels.. London... Dublin...
  • Sandie
    Yes, these bulbs are on the way out, completely and they are being replaced by flourescent encergy for the pmost part, which steals vitamins from the organs, great for the utility companies they can save money as you are using less energy however the saving will not likely be in your pocket!!! Green living, healthy living, = healthy people.
  • Lucas K.
    Its really great having a nice blog posting ,thanks!
  • Peter R.
    I am a homeowner of Habitat for Future, I have to say thanks for LED lights we are really enjoying the ultra low cost electric bills. We are amazed with the reliability and strength for the LED lights itself. These LED bulbs are actually some of our best green supply. Go going is never been easy for us. This is for now and future usage.
  • ShepherdSlayer
    "That’s what we’d be saying if we were the Sun or the increasingly-tabloidy Telegraph, but we’re not. We’re hard-arsed realists, so we’re pleased to learn that fresh stocks of 100 watt bulbs will no longer be on UK shelves from today." You seem to have things a bit backward. "Energy Saving" nuts are not realists, they just really think they are. In reality, they're Fantasy Land exiles, most of which have no clue why they are tring to "save energy," other than, "all my clueless liberal friends are doing it... 'cause they saw it on the tele." Pinguin killing lightbulbs are the best kind.

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