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Illumination & Displays

EU to phase out old-fashioned light bulbs by 2012

The European Union on Monday decided to phase out traditional incandescent light-bulbs in a bid to boost the bloc's energy efficiency, officials in Brussels said.

The decision is part of a series of measures aimed at reducing electricity consumption and thus fighting global warming. It means that, between 2009 and 2012, old-fashioned incandescent light-bulbs will progressively be banned from Europe, with the most energy-hungry (100 watts and up) the first to go, and the most efficient (25 watts) the last to disappear, French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said after a meeting with EU counterparts.

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