Bulb debate leads to greater demand for energy saving lamps
The industry giant Philips also saw increased interest from consumers, cities, communities and businesses. The conversion to energy-saving lighting should happen but faster, a corporate spokeswoman in Eindhoven demanded. According to Philips, only 20 percent of energy consumption in Germany is accounted for by lighting in private households, 80 percent in the commercial and public sectors. Thus, about one third of the street lighting is operated with technology of the sixties. Especially in the public sector, there are many ways to reduce consumption significantly, stressed also the Central Association of Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI).
According to ZVEI figures, around 270 million light bulbs and about 30 million energy-saving lamps are sold in Germany every year. The potential for more energy saving lamps is very high, said a ZVEI expert in Frankfurt / Main.
According to the Federal Association of Consumer Organizations (vzbv), public discussion has raised awareness of the problem of energy waste. “Energy consulting is booming,” said vzbv energy expert Peter Kafke in Berlin. However, the trend towards energy-saving lamps had already been apparent before. Kafke also pointed out the advantages of energy-saving lamps in terms of electricity costs. If you use a 15-watt energy-saving lamp that is comparable to the luminosity of a 60-watt bulb, you save about nine euros with a burning time of 1000 hours.
The trade was satisfied that consumers are “finally” energy saving lamps. “So far, the customer has not been rewarded so much.This is really ‘bunny and hedgehog’: The trade was already there, now comes the end user,” said the CEO of the Federal Association of technology retail (Cologne), Willy Fischel. In contrast, the Swedish furnishing giant Ikea noted “no change in purchasing behavior”, but the sales share of energy-saving lamps has been very high so far.
Australia wants to be the first country in the world to ban the classic light bulb. In just three years, only energy-saving lamps can be sold there.