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German 'Heatball' Outwits EU Light Bulb Ban

A German entrepreneur is bypassing a European Union ban on light bulbs of more than 60 watts by marketing his own brand as mini heaters. Siegfried Rotthaeuser and his brother-in-law have come up with a legal way of importing and distributing 75 and 100 watt light bulbs — by producing them in China, importing them as "small heating devices" and selling them as "heatballs." Costing 1.69 euros each ($2.38), the heatballs are going down well — the first batch of 4,000 sold out in three days.   http://enews.penton.com/enews/electricalwholesaling/green_biz/2010_10_21_green_opportunities/display