The first phase of the incandescent light bulb ban has now taken effect.
* As of 2009 it is illegal to produce and import 100W incandescent bulbs, frosted incandescent bulbs and frosted Halogen Energy Savers! (Selling existing stocks is still permitted.)
But it will not stop here. This is the full schedule:
* 1 September 2010: clear 75W (over 750 lumen) lamps will be banned (through minimum efficiency requirements).
* 1 September 2011: clear 60W (over 450 lm) lamps will be banned.
* 1 September 2012: clear 7W-40W (over 60 lm) lamps will be banned.
* 1 September 2013: tightened standards on CFLs and LEDs. No lamp type will be removed from the market, only lamps with poor performance.
* 2014: Review of the regulations by the EU Commission.
* 1 September 2016: tightened standards for clear halogen lamps. Only energy class B halogen lamps (C for some special cap lamps) will be permitted, which currently only the super-expensive IR halogen lamps with integrated transformer. All other halogen lamps will be banned!
Exceptions: "special-purpose lamps designed essentially for applications such as traffic signals, terrarium lighting and household appliances and clearly indicated as such on accompanying product information are not subject to these eco-design requirements." Examples of special-purpose lamps: aquariums & terrarium lamps; germicidal lamps, lamps for display/optics; stage, studio, TV & theatre lamps; photo flash lamps; projection lamps, IR lamps; traffic signal lamps for roads, trains & aviation; car headlight lamps; oven & fridge lamps; temperature- & shock-proof lamps; mirror lamps.