With the Japanese nation facing its second energy-starved summer since the Fukushima disaster The Japanese government is expected to ask retailers and manufacturers to voluntarily halt production and sales of incandescent light bulbs. The move is aimed at helping avert a power shortage this summer by encouraging people to use light-emitting diode bulbs. LED bulbs consume about 20 per cent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs and last about 40 times longer which is why incandescent bulbs are being retired en masse.
In the United States, bans of current incandescent light bulbs for general lighting are already in effect. The aim is to force the use and technological development of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives, such as LED lamps.
In February 2007, Australia enacted a law that will, in effect, by legislating efficiency standards, disallow most sales of incandescent light bulbs by 2010. The Australian Federal Government announced minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for lighting products. The new minimum standard efficiency level is 15 lumens per watt (lm/W). From November 2008, no non-compliant lighting (including some incandescent globes) were imported into Australia, and from November 2009, the retail sale of non-compliant lighting was banned. According to the current proposal, all regular light bulbs and some other kinds of light bulbs sold from October 2009 have to meet the new minimum energy performance standards. Incandescent light bulbs that meet the new standards, for example high-efficiency halogen bulbs, continue to be available.
It is estimated that greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by 800,000 tonnes (Australia’s current emission total is 564.7 million tonnes), a saving of approximately 0.14%.
There have been some initiatives to encourage people to switch to compact fluorescent lamps ahead of the phase out, but look out for the downside here.
While all this is happening at home in Australia the list of countries moving towards LED’s at a rapid pace is ever increasing. But if you think you are going to be ok not replacing your incandescent bulbs with LEDs but rather halogen downlights or compact fluorescent lamps then you may want to think twice. The Telegraph Newspaper has already reported that the European Union is looking into “Spotlight and downlighter bulbs being banned”
The first of the European rules aimed at phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs are in force already.
Manufacturers and retailers are banned from importing frosted incandescent bulbs and clear incandescent bulbs of 100 Watts or above.
Over the next three years the regulations will be extended to ban 60W, 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs.
The new regulations will extend the ban to spot lights and reflective halogen bulbs.
Reflective incandescent or filament lamps that are commonly used in desk lights and some old-style spotlights are expected to be banned altogether.
As far as Australia is concerned you can bet your bottom dollar that we will end up following the rules and regulations set out by our allies sooner rather than later. So don’t waste your time changing over to halogen on fluorescent bulbs as replacements for your incandescent bulbs, save yourself the trouble of having to make the change again in a few years when Australia follows the rest of the world and bans halogen on fluorescent bulbs also. Just jump straight to LED Lighting, LED Light Bulbs, and Led Downlights Starting today!