Light bulbs will no longer be labelled in watts under new EU rules.
It has decided to replace the energy measurement - named after the 18th
century British inventor James Watt - with 'lumens', which identify how much
light a bulb gives out.
Under the new labelling system, due to be introduced in September next year,
a 60W light bulb will be renamed with its equivalent, 800Lm.
The EU claimed that the rules - which come as Europe phases out traditional
light bulbs in favour of energy-saving ones - will enable consumers to make
But critics of the decision claimed it would merely lead to widespread
They pointed out that many Britons remain unsure about energy-saving light
bulbs because of the difficulties of disposing of them and health concerns.
Some consumers claim to have experienced skin problems, migraines and even
epilepsy after using the bulbs.
Syed Kamall, the Tory MEP, said changing the labelling without sufficient
education would add to the confusion.
'You just cannot drop this on the consumer without explaining it,' he added.
'It is a recipe for a complete mess and consumer confusion.'
But Jurgen Sturm, of the European Lamp Companies Federation, which
represents companies such as Philips, said: 'Consumers have to be made aware
that this is nothing to confuse them but this will actually help them to
make the right choice.
'People will know