And avoid the great British lightbulb panic of 2009:
File under strange but true: it seems that there is a veritable panic amongst Brits over fast dwindling stocks of traditional 100W incandescent lightbulbs.
Everyone likes to do their bit when it comes to being green and helping save the planet, even if we don’t really understand if what we are doing makes any real difference. And so it was that the UK Government signed up to the EU decision to banish old-fashioned lightbulbs this year.
The incandescent lightbulb has been around for more than 100 years, but from September it will vanish completely from the high street in Europe as there will be an EU-wide ban on sales of 100W lightbulbs from then.
They are, of course, being replaced by the supposedly more green, more environmentally friendly, low-energy alternative bulbs. You know, the ones that take all night to actually start emitting any decent amount of light and then trigger epileptic fits and migraines.