Japan to make all lighting LED-based by 2020

TOKYO — The government on Thursday started a campaign to build support for the scheduled move from incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to LED bulbs by 2020.

The campaign, spearheaded by the Environment Minister, is designed to raise public awareness for replacing incandescent and fluorescent lighting with more energy efficient LED lighting to help avert energy shortages resulting from the shutdown of the majority of the country’s nuclear power plants.

Senior Vice Environment Katsuhiko Yokomitsu met with manufacturers at an event in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss the changeover and to request the cooperation of the industry in making the transition a smooth one, TV Asahi reported.

“I would like the lighting industry to help us move toward a changeover by taking on the challenge of making high-quality LED lighting readily available across the country,” said Yokomitsu.

Industry leaders have basically agreed to stop production of incandescent light bulbs this year, TV Asahi reported.

Japan Today


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