Would you be fooled by an Eco Label?


Energy Rating Inspection

Philips refuse to stop labelling Halogen bulbs as 'eco'.

Originally, Halogen bulbs were brought out as an updated filament bulb that was a more environmentally friendly alternative to regular incandescents. However, since the release of CFLs and LEDs the Halogen bulb is an energy-guzzler in comparison. It was suggested by critics, that the eco label still applied to Halogens is confusing to the consumer which prompted Osram to remove the eco label from their Halogen products. Philips have made the point that consumers are smart enough to know that the label 'eco' doesn't necessarily mean 'the most eco-friendly' but that the Halogens are more eco-friendly than traditional incandescents.

Philips have given their Halogen bulbs the energy rating of a D whereas CFLs and LEDs are rated at A and above. If consumers are entirely concerned with their energy saving properties then they are more likely to look at the energy rating instead of just buying any bulb with the word 'eco' written on it.

The usual Energy Rating for the different types of lamps are:

Incandescent - E,F,G

Halogen- D

Halogen Energy Saver - C

Compact Fluorescent - A

LED - A+. A++

A spokesperson for Philips said: "Philips offers a range of energy efficient bulbs, each with its own characteristics. The product {Halogen Lamps] saves a significant amount of energy compared to traditional bulbs, which are still in use. Our packaging contains information so that consumers can make an informed decision when purchasing a Philips lightbulb. Especially the Energy Label, which allows consumers to easily compare one product to another and makes it very clear what the energy consumption of the bulb is."


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