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Low energy bulbs sight fears

26th January 2009

Vision experts and charities have said the government should stop its plan to "phase out" incandescent light bulbs.


The groups are keen to see shops ignore the government's statement that it wants all bulbs to be phased out in three years.

Experts have argued that the bulbs' replacements - low energy bulbs - are not capable of giving enough light and this caused difficulties for people with poor eyesight.

The government's pledge to get rid of the bulbs is an effort to comply with European Union regulations. The EU want energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp bulbs to be used instead of traditional light bulbs by 2016.

Greenpeace said incandescent bulbs squandered 95% of the power they used.

However David Adams, spokesman for The Royal National College for the Blind, said that low energy bulbs could cause difficulties for people with sight problems.

He said: "They do come on slowly and if there are steps or objects in the way, people can fall over, have accidents and that's the biggest danger."

He said many blind people did not suffer from a complete absence of vision and as a result wanted to "make the best of the amount they had left".

Larry Benjamin, of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, said traditional light bulbs provided "general bright lighting" as opposed to the new bulbs diffused lighting. He added that research had shown that lower levels of light could cause more falls for people with poor eyesight.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said halogen lamps would remain available for sale, as they offered "contrast lighting".


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