As you may already know, the EU is switching to Energy Saving Lamps. As part of Europe’s commitment to the Kyoto protocol, all members of the European Union agreed to forbid the production and sales of traditional light bulbs (incandescent), starting from 2009. With regulation that came into effect in March 2009, the EU is actively promoting the use of more energy-efficient lighting, such as compact fluorescent lamps (80% savings), also known as energy-saving lamps or ESL.
Learn all about Panasonic’s advanced technology, which supports the company's commitment for more energy-efficient lighting :
More compact design with brilliant shape
Panasonic has successfully reduced the minimal lamp wattage down to 13W for a 70W incandescent equivalent, with an innovative “spiral arc tube” enabling the ultra compact size of the Light Capsule series still keeping tri-phosphor technology and higher colour rendering for natural looking light.
Ultra long life
Thanks to its unique quadruple coil technology, Panasonic energy-saving lamps last longer than most competitors. At an average use of 4 hours per day, the new Light Capsule lasts for up to 15.000 hours or 10 years!
Number 1 in efficiency (up to 70 lm/W)
The Panasonic Energy-Saving lamps provides more light per Watt than most competitors. With a wide voltage range (operating between 170V-250V) and a quick start of 40% of lumen output within 1 second, they can be used in a variety of applications such as in-floor lighting or staircases.
All Panasonic Energy-Saving lamps comply with EU Green Policies, as all of the tubes are made of lead-free glass, and the use of water-based adhesives instead of glue prevents the release of toxic substances. Recyclable plastics mean scarce resources are conserved and the burden on landfills is reduced.
No liquid mercury
All Panasonic Energy-Saving lamps use amalgam technology, which is an eco-friendly and safer alternative to liquid mercury. This prevents the release of toxic mercury during the manufacturing process and even of the lamps should break, no mercury will be released in the atmosphere. Not only does this protect the environment, it also allows us to produce more compact lamps with excellent lumen maintenance. Panasonic lamps have less than 2 milligrams (0,002 grams) of mercury (compared to 0,5 g in dental amalgam filling or several grams in older thermometers) which is under the 5 mg limit set in the Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive (2002/95/EC).
End of Life Recycling in the European Union
Please note that all used compact fluorescent lamps have to be recycled in a specialised circuit to reduce their impact on the environment. Because some of their components such as mercury, electronics, lead glass and deposits from the transformation of fluorescent gas can be dangerous and should therefore be kept apart from normal household waste.