Gallery: Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production


Yesterday, Toshiba ended its manufacture of mass-market incandescent light bulbs–bulbs that use a ton of energy, burn out quickly and pale in comparison in terms of energy efficiency to CFLs and LEDs. The move ends the company’s 120-year history of incandescent bulb production. The decision signals that the lighting industry is poised to become significantly greener.

Toshiba initially planned to halt production of incandescents next year, but decided to push the date up. The company now aims to focus on creating LED lights, which are significantly more energy efficient than incandescents. Incandescents have drawn criticism from environmentalists in recent years because most of the power they consume is released as heat, so they need to use a ton of energy to produce light. Plus, the bulbs burn out quickly when compared to CFLs and LEDs.

The death of incandescents is proof that consumer choices and sound legislation can quickly and effectively improve the state of the environment. Australia started regulating the sale of incandescent bulbs last year, and countries like the EU and US are poised to implement regulations over the next few years. Now if only the world could adopt legislation to limit carbon emissions…

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  1. Brilliant Potus Pot Rec... July 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    […] Out with the incandescent and in with the energy-efficient! With incandescent bulbs getting banned and generally kicked to the curb all around the globe, it raises the issue of what to do with all of those old glass bulbs. Here’s a beautiful design solution to that problem, courtesy of one of our awesome Spring Greening 2010 finalists! Designed by Natalia Hojman and Angeles Estrada Vigil the Potus Pot Recycled Light Bulb Vase is an eye-catching, handcrafted vase made from a re-purposed incandescent bulb. Each hand-crafted Potus Pot comes complete with a simple OSB base and packaging reused from the original light bulb. A super-stylish and creative item that would would make an awesome gift and would look hot in any Inhabitat reader’s home, the Potus Pot is one of the Spring Greening Winning designs that we’re exclusively auctioning off on eBay right now! With bidding starting at $32 – and just a few days left until closing – this little piece of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted décor is the perfect way to bring a little green design into your home! […]

  2. The Refinishing Touch March 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    It’s great to see that Toshiba is placing sustainable development among their top concerns. We agree that this is a perfect example of both consumers and governments working effectively to benefit the environment. Hopefully this switch to CFL and LED bulbs will encourage more consumers to make green choices, pushing other businesses like Toshiba to offer more eco-friendly products.

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