Germans introduce the Heatball

sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)October 19, 2010

I casually mentioned using a lightbulb as a heat source in another post on this forum and not long after, DH came in and told me about the newly available space heater now being sold in Germany. Thought you might get a chuckle or two.

German "heatball" wheeze outwits EU light bulb ban

"BERLIN : Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:51am EDT

(Reuters) - 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."

To improve energy efficiency, the EU has banned the sale of bulbs of over 60 watts -- to the annoyance of the mechanical engineer from the western city of Essen.

Rotthaeuser studied EU legislation and realized that because the inefficient old bulbs produce more warmth than light -- he calculated heat makes up 95 percent of their output, and light just 5 percent -- they could be sold legally as heaters.

On their website (, the two engineers describe the heatballs as "action art" and as "resistance against legislation which is implemented without recourse to democratic and parliamentary processes."

Costing 1.69 euros each ($2.38), the heatballs are going down well -- the first batch of 4,000 sold out in three days.

Rotthaeuser has pledged to donate 30 cents of every heatball sold to saving the rainforest, which the 49-year-old sees as a better way of protecting the environment than investing in energy-saving lamps, which contain toxic mercury.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Steve Addison)"

Here is a link that might be useful: heatball

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Love it.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 4:00PM
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hardin(7 SE OK)

Now that's funny. Makes you wonder if he actually got the idea from a pond forum.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 9:11PM
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maryo_nh(z5 SouthernNH)

DH is grinning about the heatballs. He is just now trying to figure out how to use a 'heatball' to warm the RV compartment with the grey and black water tanks so to avoid freezing issues this winter.

I think he'll go for the ones with more than 60 Watts...

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 7:39PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I remember leasing a place where without a 100 watt bulb going next to the water pump the entire water system would freeze up in mid winter.
I have often raised plants during the winter in clear plastic cases kept warm with a 60 watt bulb on cold porches. The best results are when the bulb is below the plant trays so the soil stays warm. Don't get it too close.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 4:58PM
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