Friday, April 18, 2008

Lightbulb ban threatens antique lights

Another example of the law of unintended consequences seems to be looming up for the antiques trade. If the government persist in their proposals the phase out energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs there will be serious repercussions for those specialist and general dealers handling antique lighting. In a bold and laudable move, Ireland has just announced plans to ban the sale of incandescent light-bulbs by the year 2009.

Tiffany and Lalique lights would be among those effected, as most are unsuited to new fluorescent candle and golf-ball shaped bulbs are far too big to fit into most antique glass shades. Also, at present it is impossible to fit most chandeliers with suitable low-energy bulbs.

incandescent light bulb ban

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