EU to switch off traditional light bulbs by 2012

EU national representatives have voted to phase out incandescent light bulbs and halogen bulbs between 2009 and 2012.  The European Commission estimates that it will allow EU households to reduce their electricity use by up to 15% and save around £45 a year.  There has been concern about the higher costs of more efficient lamps, but a longer lifetime and price reductions expected from production and lifting of excise duties is expect to render them competitive.