China Joins Ban on Incandescent Bulbs

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The world’s most populous country, China, is joining the ban on incandescent light bulbs. The Chinese government has decided to gradually phase out the energy-hogging lighting over the next five years saving the country lots of energy and some pollution too. 

China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt and higher incandescent bulbs starting in October 2012.  Bans will be imposed on 60-watt and 15-watt bulbs later over the five-year period. China joins theUSand the 28 countries in the European Union among others in phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Chinais one of the largest users and producers of incandescent bulbs.  According to an AP report, 3.85 billion incandescent bulbs were produced in China with more than a billion sold domestically. China’s NDRC says that the move will save 48 billion kilowatt hours of power per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 48 million tones annually once the bulbs are phased out.