“Heatballs” Nixed in Germany

"Heat Ball" Logo

After the European Union phased out traditional incandescent light bulbs last year, a Germany company responded with an interesting product for the lighting marketplace: A “heatball.”

The problem was, a “heatball” was an incandescent light bulb in a not-so-secretive disguise. Since incandescent light bulbs emit 95 percent of their energy as heat and just 5 percent as light, the company re-branded the product to sidestep the new legislation.

A court ruled Tuesday that the company must withdraw their product.

The company website is still up; and although it’s in German, Google does a fairly good job of translating it to English.

What do you think: Should the “heatball” have been outlawed?

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.