New EU flower criteria for light bulbs
Stricter criteria for applying the EU flower ecolabel to light bulbs were published by the European Commission this week. To carry the label, all single and double-ended light bulbs must operate to class A energy efficiency standards, except single-ended non-ballast bulbs, which may also be in class B. Compact fluorescent "long-life" bulbs must last longer than 20,000 on/off cycles. Maximum mercury content is reduced by around a third, while polybrominated diphenyl ether and short-chain chloroparaffin flame retardants are banned. Packaging requirements remain unchanged. See EU ecolabel pages and new light bulb criteria.