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Australia phasing out incandescent bulbs & other lighting news

February 21, 2007

Kudos to the Aussies! Just yesterday they announced that they will be phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favour of compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Through this program they hope to cut GHGs by 4 million tons by 2012, and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent.

Relatedly, Inhabitat.com recently answered some questions about eco-friendly lighting options, including a question from yours truly regarding what to do with surplus incandescent bulbs.

While we’re on the topic of lighting, I wanted to let you know about a Canadian firm called Group IV Semiconductor that is leading the race towards solid state lamps (“light engines”) made out of silicon. Apparently, these would be more energy-efficient than even LED lights, and thanks to the computer industry’s vast knowledge on the subject of silicon fabrication, such lights would be dirt cheap to make. I’ll be watching for more news on that front.

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