ingo maurer responds to EU's frosted lightbulb guidelines with euro condom ingo maurer responds to EU's frosted lightbulb guidelines with euro condom
apr 23, 2009

ingo maurer responds to EU's frosted lightbulb guidelines with euro condom

ingo maurer responds to EU’s frosted lightbulb guidelines with euro condom




how to protect yourself from stupid rules: the euro condom as part of milan design week 09 the german designer ingo maurer unveiled ‘the euro condom’ created in response to new EU guidelines that will see frosted light bulbs banned. the product consists of a thin, heat-resistant silicone cover that turns a clear bulb into a frosted one.

image © designboom

image © designboom




as from september 2009 frosted bulbs will be banned in accordance with new EU guidelines on light sources because they are said give off less light than clear bulbs. however, according to the specifications of various manufacturers the difference, measured in lumens, is negligible or not existent. protect yourself from stupid rules, use the euro condom!

  • is this for real? clear light bulbs are really being banned?

    amandalbs says:
  • Frosted light bulbs are being banned…

    rubberjohnny says:
  • this is bogus; not the frosted bulb is banned, but all bulbs above 100 W as of 09/01/09. like Australia and other countries the EU tries to save CO2 by banning the traditional bulbs that only 5 % of the power consumed turn into light

    ceejay says:
  • That bulb in the picture on the left is beautiful (talking mainly about the industrial end of the bulb) is that a normal bulb in the EU or is it an antique?

    Mike says:
  • nevermind, I’m stupid

    Mike says:
  • the world is getting crazy. back to the jungle!

    Geralt says:
  • I hate bruxells,
    fat people doing nothing except stupid laws

    realpunk not cratftpunk says:
  • how could creativity exist in a world of bureaucracy (EUROPE)?
    it’s definitely not possible.

    sasha says:
  • ceejay is right, both of them will be banned because of their bad ” energy / light ” ratio. they indeed have (quasi) the same specifics so “frosted vs clear” is not the point. neither bureaucrats actually, there is no need to bitch up the suits the way you do guys!:-)

    bulbs are so iconic in maurer’s work (the Bulb, lucellino…) that he had to react. he did it with a great sense of humor though. “brilliant” if i may say.

    lionel says:
  • Guys, ceejay is partly right, all bulbs above 100W will be banned, BUT also ALL frosted bulbs starting from sept. 1st. I guess this decision has been made to force people to move to CFL bulbs quicker as a clear bulb is not the best choice for many lamps.

    I think Ingo’s design is logical now…

    Besides, I hardly understand the bashing of this EU decision. Sure, the CFL’s are not perfect, but all of us will use LED bulbs in max. 5 years anyway…why would you like to blow 60W when you can get the same light out of 3W?

    kasorp says:
  • this is not stupid

    pawel says:
  • How could creativity exist in a world of global warming?

    stupid idea! =/

    Luis says:
  • luis,
    frosted bulbs gives the same light of clear bulbs,
    so it’s stupid to ban the frost bulbs first!!!!!

    fuckeurope says:
  • Wow, I didn’t know about this rule!
    It’s funny that all the energy efficient bulbs (fluorescent) are frosted.
    Love Ingo Maurer’s answer to it though, brilliant!
    I’ll definitely post it on my blog.
    Thank you!!!

    [url=] [/url]

    Juliette says:
  • Oh! just found this, I think it answers all the above questions!
    [url=] EU DIRECTIVE ON LIGHT BULBS from LEDs magazine [/url]

    [url=] [/url]

    Juliette (again) says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news