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A German entrepreneur is bypassing a European Union ban on light bulbs of more than 60 watts by marketing his own brand as mini heaters.
Siegfried Rotthaeuser and his brother-in-law have come up with a legal way of importing and distributing 75 and 100 watt light bulbs -- by producing them in China, importing them as "small heating devices" and selling them as "heatballs."
2. Is the energy savings enough to offset the impact of spilling mercury, one of the nastiest substances when the bulbs break? The thought of the spectacle of a team in hazmat suits to clean up a broken light bulb is a bit bizzare.
LEDs may be the answer but so far I have not seen an acceptable LED replacement lamp for the standard incandescent.