Is it Lights Out for the Incandescent Bulb?

Australia who has been criticized in the past for not signing onto the Kyoto Protocol is now leading the way as the first country to implement legislation phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs by 2012. According to recent reports  the Australian government's decision to phase out the light bulbs is aimed at reducing electricity demand and greenhouse gas emissions. Other jurisdictions such as California have called for a similar ban.

Royal Philips Electronics, manufacturers of the incandescent light bulb stated last year that they plan to cease manufacturing regular bulbs by 2016. Meanwhile there are many new manufacturers of compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs ready to jump into fill the increased need for energy efficient lighting.

Around the world, approximately 20% of electricity generated is used for lighting. Reducing the electrical load needed for lighting will reduce the need for fossil fuel powered electricity generating plants.

Have you reached your personal tipping point? There are significant savings to be had by switching to fluorescent without waiting for government direction. Changing a light bulb is one of the simplest and cost effective ways to take control of your personal carbon emissions.
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