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TLC's Traffic Light bulbs - illegal or legal loophole?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by eveares, 19 Jun 2018.

  1. eveares

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    TLC according to their paper catalog appear to now be selling lamps intended for Traffic Signals and claiming it is a legal and suitable alternative to the incandescent light bulb ban by the EU.

    As quoted from page 144 of the March/April edition of the TLC catalogue:



    See here for more info: https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/tcl/search?query=traffic+light&Submit=Search

    Regards: Elliott.
     
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    Afaik yes
    Filament bulbs are banned for domestic use. If you buy a 60w lamp for "industrial purposes " you're ok
     
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    I'd say they're on fairly thin ice there. As far as i know the ban states that traditional filament lamps "mustn't be sold for domestic use". Getting round it by selling a lamp as being for some industrial purpose is one thing, as the buyer then decides to "misuse" them in a domestic environment. Encouraging them, in print, to be used for domestic lighting might be seen stretching things a bit.
     
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    Why would you want a tunsten bulb? I have packs of them, bought when the ban on Perl tunsten bulbs was announced, but over the years the two bulbs 100W each for living room were first replaced with 6, and then 10 bulbs, at 5W each still 50W so a quarter of the original usage, and the bulbs don't heat the room.

    OK in winter heating the room is an advantage, specially if house electric heated, but to go around changing bulbs spring and autumn is not my idea of fun.

    So yes they can sell them, but why would you want to buy them?
     
  6. John D v2.0

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    Agree, presumably they also sell coal (for decorative use only) and candles (for drawing those secret pictures when you're a kid)
    Also useful for other unspecified purposes around the house if you know what I mean:whistle:
     
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    My wholesaler sells rough service 60W pearl lamps as a workaround for the GLS ban, but they don’t actively market them for domestic use.

    I think that encouraging people to use them for this use is certainly a risky strategy.
     
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    Early LED powered street lights had to be re-designed to make them more moisture resistant ( hermetically sealed ? ). The designers were so enthralled by the briliiant LED lighting and energy saving of the new lamps that they overlooked the beneficial drying effect of the waste heat from the old incandescent lamps in their easy to access fittings.
     
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    Glad to see you have a balanced input into the discussion, i take it you were there at the design meetings:rolleyes:
     
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    No I wasn't, but I have read the report of a trial installation.
     
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    So surely that's the point of a trial? To understand any issues before rolling them out. Better then getting enthralled and rolling them out to the whole country without testing, or worse, never trying anything new.
     
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    Grumpy old men who hate the modern world?

    Will be very popular among the p******s

    A product that costs more to run, and has a shorter working life, may have its attractions. But not for people who just want a lamp.
     
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  15. ban-all-sheds

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    But we voted in June 2016 to bring incandescent bulbs back.
     
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