Welcome to the new home of the Greener Lights? blog, here renamed Greenwashing Lamps.

This site is dedicated to lighting issues in general and CFL issues in particular.

As incandescent bulbs are now being phased out on a global scale, in favour of CFLs primarily, some of us think this is a huge mistake and this blog is one attempt to clarify why and also to inform about alternatives.

Under Categories you will find posts on various light subjects, under Tags more specific issues, followed by Links to related websites.

This is not a commercial site. I’m not selling anything and I am not getting paid for endorsing specific products or product categories. I’m just an idealist with a mission to enlighten. 

About me

I’m a Swedish colour consultant. After working with interior design in the early 90’s and finding how essential the right type of light is for the appearance and functionality of any environment, lighting issues have become something of a special interest. With all the lies and exaggerations spread through every available channel by the organised anti-lightbulb campaign, I’ve felt it a duty to do my share in helping to clarify deliberately muddled light issues and informing the misinformed.

Contact: halogenica1 at gmail.com



  1. ratna said,

    September 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

    please read this document (URL). your fear regarding CFLs is well founded.

  2. halogenica said,

    September 21, 2010 at 8:30 am


  3. December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Very interesting website ! I am like you on acrusade to wipe all the Hype around LED. I would like to get in contact with you.


  4. Otitismedia di Monaco said,

    December 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Chris, there’s definitely no croozaid here!

    •  lighthouse said,

      August 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Otitismedia di Monaco
      Hope you return to your amusing blog sometime!

  5. Dan Henderson said,

    January 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Please get in touch with me – I’m doing research on the truth about CFL Lighting for an upcoming public education piece. Any help would be great. dan at 6thsc dot com

  6. Nicholas said,

    June 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm


    I am working on a project with incandescent light bulbs for an art library in Paris. In researching the light bulb ban I have yet to get a sense of why the industry has embraced the change. I get the sense that the new light bulbs come from outside the EU. Do you have any information? Specifically what is the economic incentive for the companies to stop incandescent light bulb production.

    Thank you,
    Nicholas Vargelis
    Paris, France

    • halogenica said,

      July 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      I’ve been away much of this summer and must have missed this request, sorry.

      Someone at Philips Lighting actually revealed the reason: incandescent bulbs prices have gone down so much that manufacturers haven’t been able to make a profit on them for many years. See the end of this post: https://greenwashinglamps.wordpress.com/category/incandescent-ban/anti-lightbulb-campaign/

      Correct that most CFLs are made in Asia/China, but for European and American leading lamp manufacturers. There are of course also some poorer quality Chinese ‘no brand’ lamps to be sold cheaply in outlet stores, gas stations etc, but the big companies still make a huge profit from their brand CFLs now that the competition from the inexpensive and attractive incandescent lamps is finally out of the way.

      As CFL prices are also going down rapidly, manufacturers are in a race against time to sell as many as possible before these too become unprofitable to make. Then they will start to freely admit to the many disadvantages of CFLs and push even harder for LEDs to become the standard home and public lighting. This has already begun but can’t be done on a larger scale until LEDs are good enough to replace CLFs, and they’re not quite there yet. And there is still some profit to be squeezed out of the CFL market now that the 20 year campaign to overcome customer resistance is starting to pay off.

  7. healthrisks said,

    July 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    A few years ago I started a similar blog: http://lowenergylampsinfo.wordpress.com

    Please contact me so that we can exchange information!

    All the best

    • halogenica said,

      July 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Great site, thanks! I’ll add a link to it. Glad to see more people engaging in this issue.

      I started mine more as a resource website to post the info I had gathered over the years, and have regrettably not been able to keep it up as a blog as it got too overwhelming to keep up with and fish out the relevant news in the daily flood of garbage articles.

      How do I contact you? You can mail me at halogenica (mailthingy) telia.com

  8. Led lysrør said,

    September 8, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Vores løsninger giver store muligheder for besparelser på jeres elregning. Hvis du vil have en indikation på, hvor stor jeres energibesparelse kan blive, så udfyld vores online beregningsskema og få et hurtigt

  9. January 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Re: Specifically what is the economic incentive for the companies to stop incandescent light bulb production.

    I wonder why manufacturers don’t just stop making products if they are not profitable? That’s what we’re seeing in medicines and vaccines now.

    • halogenica said,

      January 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

      If they just quit making incandescent bulbs there would be a public outcry since that is the most popular lamp. So they had to take the long way around and get a global ban in order to make people buy the less desirable but more profitable alternatives. Then they can blame it on the politicians instead (even though they’ve spent millions lobbying for a ban). And so they can shut down factories and stop selling bulbs even before the phase-outs start taking effect and come off as green heroes rather than greedy multinationals. Clever, huh?

  10. Nicholas said,

    January 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Yes ! clever of the big companies ! But has there been any sort of journalistic reports? on the lobbying or on what is described above? I make reference to what is said here for a project but I can for now only cite it as hearsay or rumors…

  11. Nicholas said,

    January 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Many thanks for the links and research !


    PS: what country do you live in? I have found for example France and Germany to be drastically different in terms of stocking incandescent light bulbs. Here in France standard incandescent light bulbs are almost completely gone from the mass consumer market. However in Germany at on of the gigantic home/ hardware stores, Hornbach, they have a wide range of incandescent light bulb that are not part of the EU ban and they stock frosted 40, 60, and 100 standard rough service light bulbs that are exempt from the ban because they are made to operate at 240 volts (but can function just as well at 220v). However their packaging is marked “not for household use” or they have a symbol of a house with an X over it !

    • halogenica said,

      August 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I live in Sweden. No frosted bulbs are available here to the general public, except the odd sale of existing stock, but clear halogen ‘energy savers’ can now be found in many supermarkets along with CFLs and (usually low watt & poor quality) LEDs.

  12. Clairvaux said,

    October 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Terrific blog. Thank you very much for your contribution.

  13. usor said,

    February 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    CFL’s have a bad power factor. This causes the electricity supply company to supply more – possibly up to twice as much – energy to the dwelling than that which the cfl uses. A 10 watt cfl may actually draw 20 watts but the extra 10 watts will not register on the old fashioned electricity meter – but that will change when you get one of those abominable “smart meters”!

  14. ha said,

    February 14, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Hi. I am having a lot of trouble finding any info other than the actual legal documents for the amendments made to the EU directive regarding incandescent bulbs.

    I understand Feb 2016 is the end for the ‘loop hole’ with rough service and Special Purpose bulbs, but i have some question, I just cant find clarification on.

    1. Can a wholesaler of these ‘Special Purpose’ and ‘Rough Service’ lamps still sell to shops to sell on to the general public as long as they are already in stock? Basically can businesses trade as normal until stock runs out, or are there now restrictions on this too?

    2. I have read that there are certain exceptions or bulbs that will still be allowed, one being coloured glass, so the bulb then alters the scene, what constitutes ‘coloured glass’ a golden tint to the glass? Or is there a technical parameter that needs to be met?

    Any help and guidance, would be very appreciated

    Thank you

    • halogenica said,

      June 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      I’ve had a very hard time finding information on these things too. The EU Commission used to have a (highly biased) consumer guide to light bulbs, and a detailed information for lighting professionals, but once the full phase-out period was reached, these seem to have been taken down.

      1. Wholesalers and retailers can sell what bulbs they have in stock until they run out. Only importing or producing new lamps of the banned models is prohibited.

      2. I think ‘coloured’ means red, blue, green etc, not just a slight tint, but I’m not sure. Here is the amendment to the regulation, if you can decipher it…


      Alas, most slightly tinted ‘softtone’ incandescent bulbs were taken off the market even before the ban, probably due to low consumer demand.

      But you can still buy a R9 halogen mini bulb and use in a conversion kit for assembling your own incandescent lightbulb legally. These come in a wide range of outer bulbs, including frosted and tinted. Costs more initially, but the base and bulb last forever and only the inner R9 needs to be replaced when it burns out.


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