One small positive of the Brexit vote.”Bonfire of the EU laws…”

Here is one small reason for the UK to leave the EU. The ability to reject crazy laws.

Occasionally I (like many others) suffer from migraine episodes and even including also in the pre- and post- episode times, I find that CFL (compact flourescent lamps “energy efficient lightbulbs”) cause me added distress. They often also colour wrongly for filming video items.

I use CFLs at MOST locations throughout the house, for MOST of the time. But if I’m feeling migrainy, then I have old fashioned, non energy efficient lightbulbs available to change as required into the main lights I am using for that day (or that time of filming something indoors).

That said, many of the lamps I use are small portable desk-lamps fitted with 20 watt, 12 volt reduced voltage halogen lamps.

Curoiusly these are really common in NZ, having been sold often by Australian owned and based “Bunnings” hardware store amongst other places. Yet in Australia these are very rare and hard to fin. I finally found one after much looking, at Kmart, and the price was more than double the NZ price and spare bulbs to suit it were several times the normal NZ price, weird eh !

Note I have recently gotten some of the newest types of LED replacement household light bulbs, as they became offered as a good special, NZ $ 29 for 5 bulbs, at Bunnings in NZ about one month ago. Rated at “5 watt” they give a light similar to about a 11 watt CFL or a 60 watt old incandescent bulb. One advantage is they power up to full brightness straight away without taking a minute to reach max brightness.

Note that in the past, I have sometimes used mid to large size Tungsten incandescent, (old type), light bulbs,m in the 60 watt to 100 watt range, when I SPECIFICALLY WANTED the feature of their in-efficiency, that they put out HEAT.

Yes I have used them as warming heat-lamps when raising young chicks inside the house (back when I lived in the, almost outback, of Western Australia). Similarly they can also be used to keep other small animals warm, eg sick kittens or puppies etc.

Curoiusly while in WA (1990 to 2007) I noticed that apparently the SMALLER normal lightbulbs were being phased out. When I first moved into my place in WA I used many 25 watt Tungsten incandescent lamps and in some places even 15 watt bulbs strategically placed as needed.

Over time those bulbs became completely un=available and I ended up HAVING to use a minimum of 40 watt bulb everywhere I wanted a small bulb as there was simply no other option.

Even getting the 15 watt bulb intended for inside fridges turned out to be very difficult to source (and expensive). I went for a long time with a torch kept beside the fridge, until I could fine the correct replacement bulb.

Also as a bedside lamp, I have one of those “touch” lamps. They require an incandescent lightbulb of between about 25 to 60 watts to work properly, something about the resistance of the lightbulb filament and human touching the metal parts of the lamp.

They normally work so that at each successive touch it goes OFF, dim, medium, full, off. And while in the dim and medium settings they are only using a fraction of the full bulb rating anyway, so they ARE energy efficient but you DO need the old type, energy in-efficient bulbs to use in them !

I also have a visual display sorta “pretend Lava-lamp” which is rated to use a 60 watt incandescent tungsten bulb. As an experient I tried various other bulbs, but ONLY an old fashioned type 60 watt bulb makes it work correctly.

It needs the rising heat from the bulb to cause a sorta propellor shaped top piece to rotate as the hot air escapes.

Here’s a small exceprt from the NZHerald website story titled “Bonfire of the EU laws…”

QUOTE BEGINS. Incandescent lightbulbs
Something else that could now make a return is the incandescent lightbulb.

Incandescent bulbs have been phased out in stages in the UK since 2009 following European regulations.

The Government banned the import of 100-watt bulbs from 2009, followed by a ban on 60w bulbs in 2011 and a full ban on all ‘traditional’ bulbs in 2012.

The bulbs were branded environmentally-unfriendly because some 95 per cent of the energy that goes into them gets turned into heat rather than light.

Following the EU’s ban on incandescent light-bulbs, many people were reported to have suffered epileptic fits from the flickering, supposedly eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs. QUOTE ENDS.