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Germans take dim view of light bulb inspections

The Local · 20 Aug 2012, 14:24

Published: 20 Aug 2012 14:24 GMT+02:00

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Reports suggest shops are increasingly offering special bulbs which are exempt from the ban – but the European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said checks should be made to ensure these were not being sold for domestic use.

"To be able to sell such bulbs legally, manufacturers must write visibly on the packaging that these bulbs are not meant for the household," his spokeswoman Marlene Holzner told Die Welt newspaper.

The EU's ban on old-fashioned energy-guzzling filament bulbs has been phased in one wattage at a time, over the past few years, but the complete ban comes into effect on September 1.

There is an exemption for reinforced bulbs meant for workshops or mines, and Holzner said retailers had to put these in separate, specially designated sections. "It would not be acceptable to put these lamps on the same shelves as LED and energy-saving bulbs for normal households," she said.

But this is exactly what is happening according to Sunday’s edition of the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

The commission has called on German authorities to carry out in-shop inspections to police the ban.

Germany's state market surveillance authorities, who would be responsible for these inspections, offered a mixed response to the EU's request.

Berlin and Brandenburg's authorities said they would need extra employees, while the North Rhine-Westphalia office said they had not planned any measures to police the light bulb ban so far.

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15:51 August 20, 2012 by nightbiker
Light bulb inspectors.

Criminal light bulds . Do the light buld police carry guns? Do the police arrive at the scene of such crimes "ready for action"? Do they come the scene of the crime with lights and sirens going or do they sneak up on these criminals with great stealth? Could this happen any where other than Germany? My thanks to the German people I was feeling a little depressed but now I am having a good laugh.
16:25 August 20, 2012 by Englishted
The Germans tend to promise much and do little, there are far greater wrong being perpetrated in this fine country that the police and government turn a blind eye too.

I will not list them here but anyone living here with their eyes open will know.
16:40 August 20, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
knock knock

who's there?

the light bulb gestapo.
21:25 August 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Same as the smoking ban. Cannot inforce it so introduce lots of exemtions which make the new law practically obsolete before it even hits the streets. Germany and law making. A joke.
00:11 August 21, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Government regulated light bulbs. This must be some theLocal.de readers idyllic green dream.
07:58 August 21, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Same as the smoking ban. Cannot enforce it so introduce lots of exemptions which make the new law practically obsolete before it even hits the streets. Germany and law making. A joke.........................

Or just like bike riding laws. If cyclists constantly break the law, the law is rewritten to accommodate it. In my Kreis, due to the number of cyclists that ignore the radwegnutzung pflicht, said pflicht has been abolished Kreis wide...........Should be fun when the fist cyclist is knocked off, a big mess of lawyers, insurance companies and judges that will go on and on and on and.............
08:04 August 21, 2012 by AlexR
Light-bulb black-market. The definition of oxy-moron.
13:06 August 21, 2012 by ajavrik
to 4#

in ireland the smoking ban is well preserved!

are germans worse?

the problem is the disposal of the cfl's

no one collect these chineese garbage!they do not keep working 10 years.it is lie!
16:45 August 23, 2012 by Wrench
This is another fine example of how f#cking stupid we are for letting politicians make idiot decisions.
16:44 August 25, 2012 by lighthouse
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