Japan Joins Others in Incandescent Bulb Ban

In a move aimed at avoiding power shortages this summer, the Japanese government is planning to ask big electronics retailers and distributors to stop production of incandescent LED lights. And according to The Telegraph, industry officials have expressed they will comply. The hope is that consumers will make the switch to home LED lighting fixtures, which consume up to 80 percent less energy and last up to 50 percent longer than incandescent bulbs.

According to an estimate by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, “if all incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps currently used nationwide were replaced by LED bulbs, the total annual power saved would be 9 percent, the equivalent output of 13 nuclear reactors.”

Japan’s energy plan will see only LED lighting available for sale as of 2020.

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