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Nation to prohibit regular lightbulbs in five years

(Global Times)

15:17, November 05, 2011

It'll be lights out for the old bulbs as China on Friday unveiled its five-stage roadmap for phasing out incandescent lightbulbs, aiming to save energy and reduce emissions.

November 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 will be a transitional period and as of October 1, 2012, imports and sales of ordinary incandescent bulbs of 100 watts or more will be prohibited, Xie Ji, a deputy director with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced on Friday.

The first phase will be followed by a ban on 60-watt-and-higher incandescent lightbulbs starting in October 2014. By October 2016, all incandescent lightbulbs will be banned in China.

The final phase may be the adjusted according to the results of interim assessment from October 2015 to October 2016, he said.

"This endeavor will promote structural optimization of the lighting industry. The government will provide funds to energy-saving bulb producers and guide them to save costs, so poor people can afford them,"Xie said.

Besides regulation and promotion of energy-saving bulbs, it's also important to enhance people's awareness of energy conservation, Christophe Bahuet, China Country Director of the United Nations Development Program, said.

The NDRC is working on a draft plan for energy-saving LED lighting, and output of the industry is expected to quadruple in five years, Xie said.

Lightbulbs account for 12 percent of China's power consumption. China is a major producer and consumer of incandescent bulbs, he said. "Meanwhile, China is also world's largest producer of energy-efficient bulbs, with its global market share from 20 percent in 1996 to 85 percent in 2010."

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C at 2011-11-06120.196.171.*
could be kind of environmental friendly measure, but the rulb is,how to regulate them
dave chiu at 2011-11-06184.66.11.*
Do these new replacement light bulbs contain mercury ? Then improper disposal of these new bulbs can lead to soil and ground water contamination. Is there a proper system for collection and recycling of these new bukbs ?
Canada at 2011-11-0670.36.49.*
If China replaces regular light bulbs with LED light bulbs, that might be an improvement, however here the regular price is about $30.00 per bulb, although they recently put them on sale for $15.00. The provincial government here banned the sale of regular bulbs & they are being replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs [CFL] – they have a squiggly appearance. I hate them. We bought some & then went back to the store to stock up on a large number of regular bulbs. A journalist who is an environmentalist recently had 3 columns listing all the problems with the CFL’s, recommending regular bulbs not be banned. Unfortunately I didn’t save the articles so can’t send them. The CFL’s are a poor quality light, older people find the light not bright enough for reading, some people using them as a reading light have experienced bad burns, the advertised energy savings are misleading, as is the advertised life span, other problems. I recommend China not ban regular light bulbs if they are to be replaced with CFL’s – there is a lot of false advertising associated with them.
ji at 2011-11-0686.184.211.*
For China to phase out regular lightbulbs in five years can only mean good thing.Next should be the use of synchro-phasors on the grids where not installed.Smart Grid system uses synchro-phasors to monitor voltage and real time current over the grid network.This sort of real time monitor information across the entire electrical grid to handle peak or climate demand changes instead of building more power plants to handle peak demand.By diverting current to where is need most and reducing current from low demand areas where smart applicances already in use.Smart appliances such as the fridge, boiler and air-con auto sense low current supply, automatically lower these applicances by one grade or one degree without affecting the contents in the fridge or boiler.Also Smart-meters enable a two-way communication with the synchro-phasors how much electricity is needed in particular area, and can increase or reduce power just like water pressure in our tape.

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