EU ban on incandescent lamps: 80 percent of Germans unaware
As the third stage of the EU ban on incandescent lamps entered into force on September 1, 2011, a representative survey revealed that just under one in five people is aware of this change. In addition, many consumers still know very little about the new lamp technologies that will replace the incandescent lamp as it gradually disappears.
The survey, conducted among over 1000 members of the German public by the forsa opinion poll institute on behalf of OSRAM, revealed that about one-third of the respondents have a rough idea of the differences between halogen, energy-saving, and LED lamps; nevertheless they would like more advice and information. Almost 20 percent said they know hardly anything about the different lamp types.
The forsa survey further revealed that well over half of the German public is interested in the subject of saving energy. One in three already use energy-efficient lamps exclusively.
Only about one in five persons in Germany is aware that the third step of the EU ban on incandescent lamps results in the 60 watt incandescent lamp disappearing from store shelves.
To educate consumer, “we’ll be continuing to deploy our lighting consultants at home improvement stores, specialist electrical retailers, furniture shops, and self-service superstores,” said Christian Schraft, head of Consumer Lighting at OSRAM.