Korea to ban incandescents by next year

The South Korean government is banning incandescent bulbs from next year. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the ban on production and imports of incandescent lamps formed part of the country’s energy-saving policy. 

The ban begins on 1 January 2014, and is expected to push people towards using energy-efficient LED alternatives. It is part of a plan to phase out inefficient lighting, originally announced in December 2008.

The ministry has allocated US$28 million (€20.3 million) to support low-income households or organisations adopt energy-efficient lighting solutions. The switch is expected to save users 82 per cent in operating costs. 

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