UK Parliament Early Day Motion on Incandescent Lamps

Posted June 9, 2011 // Tagged as Blog // 5 Comments ↓

MP Sheila Gilmore has proposed Early Day Motion 1878 asking MPs to address the issue of continued availability of incandescent lamps for people suffering from diseases aggravated by the spectral and other properties of CFLi energy saving lamps.

During the consultation process the issue of medically significant sensitivity was discussed at length and assurance was given that there was no intention that people who would suffer as the result of using CFLi would be prevented from getting incandescent lamps. It was, however, left to the individual member states to arrange their legislation to allow for this. Needless to say most have not. As you can see from the post elsewhere about ‘Heatballs’ some countries, Germany in this case, are being quite draconian, preventing the import and sale of incandescent lamps.

This motion will hopefully address the issue of availability of incandescent lamps however does nothing to ensure the long term availability as there has to be a sufficient volume of sales to support the manufacture of them.

Readers from the UK are urged to write to or email their MP asking them to sign the early day motion to get some Parliamentary action on this issue. You can find out who your MP is on this website:


Kevan Shaw

5 Responses

  1. danica

    June 11th, 2011 at 06:14

    As what i’ve heard Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.

  2. peter

    June 15th, 2011 at 17:54

    The office of the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry,
    have informed me, and allowed me to update the news, that the Governor will sign Bill HB2510 by June 19th.

  3. peter

    June 15th, 2011 at 17:55

    added – So regular incandescent light bulbs are seemingly to be allowed there…

  4. Peter

    June 19th, 2011 at 18:26

    Re UK
    of course held to EU laws, less likely to change now given recent Germany nuclear ban and accompanying “need to focus on energy efficiency measures”

    Re EU
    I recently updated the strange shenanigans behind the EU ban – teaches one about EU politics
    “Fun and Games in the EU”

    Re Texas, as above
    Gov Perry indeed signed into law ban repeal bill 17th June

  5. Peter

    June 19th, 2011 at 18:40

    Reminder re Canada

    As I have checked with Mr Cockburn (see below),
    June 30 last day to comment on proposal to delay
    Canada ban by 2 years
    Open for anyone, not just Canadians, it would clearly impact on USA and send a signal also to others

    Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations within 75 days after the date of publication of this notice.
    All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to John Cockburn, Director, Equipment Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Department of Natural Resources, 930 Carling Avenue (CEF, Building 1, Observatory Crescent), 2nd Floor, Room 25, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y3 (tel.: 613-996-4359; email:

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