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South Korean Updates: Seoul to ban production, imports of incandescent lighting from next year (16 Jul 2013)

Seoul to ban production, imports of incandescent lighting from next year

July 16, 2013
Yonhap News Agency

SEJONG, July 16 (Yonhap) -- Thomas Edison's greatest invention, incandescent lighting, will begin to die out, at least in South Korea, following a production ban set to be implemented next year, the government said Tuesday.

Starting from Jan. 1, 2014, imports of incandescent light bulbs, which have been labeled low-efficient, will also be banned permanently, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

The move is part of a decision made in 2008 to phase out incandescent light bulbs, which consume as much as six times more energy than highly efficient light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs.

Using an incandescent light bulb may cost up to 15,863 won (US$14.14) per year in electricity bills and purchase costs. The amount drops by up to 82.3 percent to 2,813 won a year when using an LED light bulb instead, the ministry said in a press release.

There are currently about 30 million incandescent light bulbs still in use in the country. Replacing all of them with more energy-efficient light bulbs will help save more than 1,800 gigawatts of electricity in a year, enough for use by up to 650,000 households for the same period, according to the ministry.

The government has already replaced 99 percent of all incandescent light bulbs in some 8,000 public buildings.

Currently, there is only one local manufacturer of incandescent light bulbs with most of its supplies imported from overseas, principally from China, the ministry said.

"The government will continue to expand the supply of high efficiency light bulbs, such as LED lamps, to minimize public inconvenience and its impact on the market," it said. 



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