An employee shows a traditional light bulb and a low-energy consumption bulb at the Osram factory in Molsheim

 
An employee shows a traditional light bulb and a low-energy consumption bulb at the Osram factory in Molsheim
An employee shows a traditional light bulb (R) and a low-energy consumption bulb at the Osram factory in Molsheim, eastern France December 11, 2008. Standard energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs should be banned in Europe by 2012, a European Union panel of experts recommended on Monday. European households could initially save up to 50 euros ($65) a year by switching to more efficient halogen, LED and fluorescent CFL lamps, with greater savings as costs for the more expensive but longer-lasting bulbs fall. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)