EU laws 'could ban power hungry plasma TVs'New EU legislation may be passed this spring

14 January 2009

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New EU legislation may be passed this spring that could introduce a new energy efficiency standard for TVs. The resulting regulations could mean that many plasma TVs fail to comply within the legal boundaries.

An EU spokesperson said: 'Minimum energy standards for televisions are expected to be agreed across Europe this spring, and this should lead to phasing out of the most inefficient TVs'.

Based on our test results, a 42-inch plasma TV typically uses 277 watts when switched on, compared to an 180-watt average for the 40-46-inch LCD TV category.

Dave Holes, Which? researcher, said: 'If these regulations are passed then it won't spell the end for plasma TVs, but it will make manufacturers focus their efforts on more energy efficient TV technology. It would be a move that we at Which? would welcome'.

There are around 200 LCD and plasma TV reviews in the Which? TV report. There is also a useful advice guide explaining the pros and cons of plasma and LCD TVs, which addresses the issue of power consumption.

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