Say bye-bye to the $1 light bulb
12:51PM Tuesday June 17, 2008

The days of the energy-inefficient but cheap light bulb are numbered.

The Government today launched a campaign to phase them out by the end of next year.

New ecobulbs cause considerably more to buy but save a great deal in electricity costs over their life.

Some critics note they can take longer to reach their full light.

Energy Minister David Parker said: "The traditional light bulb is very old technology - and very inefficient.

"Only five per cent of the energy it uses generates light - the rest is wasted as heat."

Once new standards are introduced, no new stocks of the incandescent bulbs can be imported for sale.

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