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.
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