First incandescent light bulbs, next cathode ray tubes

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CRT Television

In our blog on incandescent light bulbs, we noted that the effect of Directive 2005/32/EC is to give the European Commission the power to regulate the ecodesign requirements of a wide range of energy-using products, without the need for further Member State intervention.

Whilst the disappearance of incandescent light bulbs has caused some stir, we expect only the potential demise of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors under the Ecodesign Requirements for Televisions Regulations 2009 to attract attention in the recent batch of ecodesign regulations published on 22 July 2009 (the other 3 being on Electric Motors, Glandless Circulators and
Household Refrigerators).

We were tempted to try to explain squirrel cage motors (for the Electric Motors regulation) and glandless circulators, but frankly Wikipedia does a better job than we could in a short blog.

However, if you were thinking about buying a cheap fridge, we suggest you do so soon if your ‘green’ conscience will let you.  The new ecodesign requirements are likely to increase the price of compliant fridges in the short term.

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