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Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production
Posted By Sarah Parsons On March 18, 2010 @ 9:58 am In Daylighting,Design,Green Appliances,green gadgets,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Innovation,News,Policy | 2 Comments
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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Via PC World 
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 Toshiba ended its manufacture of mass-market incandescent light bulbs: http://www.pcworld.com/article/191694/lights_out_on_incandescent_bulb_production_at_toshiba.html
 CFLs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/15/armorlite-a-cfl-bulb-without-the-risk-of-toxic-mercury-exposure/
 LEDs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/15/led-bulb-with-19-year-lifespan-launches-in-japan/
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 have drawn criticism from environmentalists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incandescent_light_bulb
 Australia started regulating: http://www.environment.gov.au/sustainability/energyefficiency/lighting/
 could adopt legislation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/01/al-gore-attacks-climate-change-skeptics-political-inaction/
 + Toshiba: http://www.toshiba.com/tai/
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