Consumers struggle to identify waste lamp types

A multinational consumer survey by EucoLight, the European Association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes, concludes that many consumers could not identify different lamp types.

Participants from the six countries surveyed were unsure how to distinguish between energy-saving, LED, incandescent and halogen lamps when shown images of the lamps.

The findings were very similar in all the countries surveyed. In the case of energy-saving lamps, between 27% and 42% of respondents identified them correctly, as opposed to 18%-35% who confused them with LED bulbs. When asked to identify an LED lamp, only between 14% and 23% of respondents classified it correctly, whereas between 31% and 45% thought it was an energy-saving lightbulb.

Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey, who is also a Director of Eucolight said: “These findings mirror the situation in the UK. Most consumers have difficulty in differentiating different lamp types. That is why it is logical for all waste lamps to be collected in the same container.”

He added: “We will continue to advise all our collection partners, both consumer and commercial that LEDs can be placed in the same container as fluorescent lamps. At Recolight we collect all lighting in scope of the WEEE regulations.”