Can Europe survive without heat balls?
In an effort to curb climate change, the European Union, as part of a broader initiative to cut twenty percent of their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, passed legislation aimed at phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favor of their more energy efficient cohorts, CFL and LED bulbs. The phase out will go as follows:
Sept. 2009: Incandescent light bulbs of 100W and above will be phased out.
Sept. 2011: 60W incandescent bulbs phased out.
Sept. 2012: 40 and 25W incandescent bulbs phased out.
By the end of 2012: All inefficient light-bulbs phased-out.
Because of their perceived harm these archaic filament filled frosted wonders are soon to be relics destined to the dust bin of history. But where one species goes extinct another arises; enter the “heat ball.”
Many Europeans (unsettled by the “bluish” light CFLs emit and even more by the prospect of a government legislating the products they use in their homes) have gone out in force and snapped up all the bulbs they can grab. The heat bulb is the brain child of a German engineer turned entrepreneur who hopes to cash in on the ban by avoiding it all together. Rotthaeuser, the heat ball’s hawker, has analyzed the “incandescent light bulb” and claims that because the bulbs produce only five percent light and ninety-five percent heat they are in fact tiny personal “heaters” and not “lights.” That’s right, you no longer have to justify to the environment your use of the light bulb for just light, it can also warm your toes on a frosty day.