english submission to Buhne Technische Rundschau


From september 1 the world became a lot duller. The European Parlement has taken a measure to paint the world green by expelling the unsurpassed lightbulb from our houses. This measure is meanth for the consumers, the light in our houses, the light that we ought to live with. But it has consequences for our professional life.

Is has a huge impact on our lives that not many people see. The natural spectrum of the bulb will be exchanged to the synthetic light from cfl's and the not yet completely developed led sources. This ought to make the world better but it is not. Quality of light has never been part of the discussions to take this measure. And yes, when you look at it from the economic side it makes a little difference in the payments for electricity for the consumer.
Does it make a lot of difference in CO2 emissions? Many scientists question this. A lot of the calculated profits have been based on assumptions anyway.

The next question is: 'How does this effect us other than the private inconvenience that may come true.?'
In the professional world of the theatre, in the department of stage lighting there will be not much changes. Theatre lamps are special and will be availible. Other than that the theatre is for many years already developed into using halogen lamps. We used the higher brightness in stead of the energy savings though. We also adopted discharge lamps on the stage and a lot of the moving light toys ase also equiped with those. They are however always on and only mechanicaly dimmed. (Although I heard about the first silent hot restrike lights of this kind).

But we use the bulb onstage many times; as an important twinkle, or a conceptual artifact in our lighting designs. It played some important roles in many productions. We know the twinkeling lights of the advertisement for musical shows, and backstage it is the number one requisite in the dressing room. For those twinkeling lights, used in the outside, in an environment where people pass quickly, there are many good alternatives at hand, but can the bulb be missed for make-up or costume fittings?
Can it be missed in the audience where it fluently dims at the showbegin. Can it be missed in our human surroundings, showing the real colours of our clothing, making us beautifull at a night at the opera.

So what is this measure.
The EU voted to make all the electrical equipment used in our households more efficient. Directive for Ecodesign. Lightbulbs is just one item of them. There are a lot of rules made for washing machines, computerscreens, heating devices, etc where all the people are really happy with. With the lightbulb they start to complain.

Bulbs have to become more efficient wich is possibe by repacing them by halogen lamps. This makes a difference of about 30% and they last at least twice as long. With IRC (infra red coating) technology they can even be made 30% more efective. Here we alredy achieved an effect of 50% (70%x70% = ±50%). This did not seem enough for the commission and the lighting industry saw it's chance to promote the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). Disliked by people for many years and as product a total flop in lighting quality, lighting character, contaiing hazardous mercury gas that is likely to poison our environment because people will not propperly recycling them. Latest news says only 20% will be returned! EU was persuaded tho deal for some time with the CFL because the promissing led is to take over eventualy. An inferior product replaced by a product that is in development. Both products will never live up to the simple quality of the product they try to copy, the lightbulb. As said, of course the halogen does.

Of course it is a symbolic fight now, but it seems that politicians seem to listen to their voters and see the mistake they have made. The next thing is to repair the damage done.

The ban on the lightbulb is a complex matter of banning the various outputlevels of lamps in phases of one year in between, ending in 2016 to have a complete ban on 'temperature radiators' unless they can reach the equivalent lumen/watt ratio as their synthetic replacement. (Although it says that halogen equivalent remain on the market, but I am not so sure) This ban is Part 1, only about non-directional lamps, the most simple but they also effect halogen burners that one may use professionally.

There is a Part 2 in the making that is about directional lighting. This is a measure that has much more impact on the professional use of lighting than Part 1. Think about all the halogen spots used in public space everywhere. It wil be a disaster when they are banned fome the market and replaced by CFL's (yes that is called a replacement in the prior report) and the glaring led technology.

So if you are interested in the lighting of your own environment as well as your professional possibilities, take action to politicians, otherwise your specialisation will be directed by politicians in stead of by your skill and knowledge. By that time I will become a farmer, a harvester of solar and wind energy, and sell it very expensive to the same politicians that are not doing enough to a really sustainable environment, as they should. When you consider this measure to the balance of the 3 p's of sustainability; people, planet, profit; I'm not sure whether the EU had people in mind when they proclaim this measure. It is not for people, it is hardly for planet, and it is only for profit.

The disagreement about the ban on the lightbulb grows. It does not seem to affect us yet because of the slow steps. But it will affect our lives and our work in an immense way. Synthetic light is sickening us, the same synthetic light that you use in the theatre to create spectaculair lighting as an effect to deceive the eyes of the audience. You can not use that light for every occasion. It is just too radical, too insensible, too unthoughtfull.
Save the lightbub, start hoarding if you did not allready.

Zilveren Kruis verhoogt de zorgpremie met 7 euro per maand.

Volgens een woordvoorder kan het niet anders omdat de basiszorg in 2016 wordt uitgebreid en omdat er meer zorg verleend word. Ook worden er steeds meer dure medicijnen verstrekt voor bijvoorbeeld kanker. Zilveren Kruis legt per verzekerde 11 euro bij uit eigen vermogen waarmee ze de stijging nog enigszins beperken.

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