With traditional light bulbs being phased out people in the English town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent have been grabbing stocks while they can.
In stark contrast to low energy alternatives, the gobbling bulbs have been so popular that one of the town’s shops has limited customers to buying just 10 per visit. A customer said: “It’s all very well to watch television or something with those new bulbs, but you can’t read by them. They’re quite useless.” The European Union’s ban starts in 2012, but Britain has moved at lightening speed telling retailers to stop selling 75 and 100 watt versions this year. One hotelier said:“I also have an awful lot of antique light fittings and unfortunately these style of bulbs do not fit these fittings. Now I have a few antique light fittings where you can actually cram these modern light bulbs in but they look ridiculous, like big white milk bottles stuffed up the end and they’re not particularly attractive.” With concerns low energy bulbs also cause skin problems, some health experts are demanding exemptions for those most at risk.