China will phase out energy-draining light bulbs

By the Associated Press | November 4, 2011 | 4:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will phase out power-draining light bulbs in an efficiency move certain to impact the global market.

The world's biggest polluter will ban imports and sales of 100-watt-and-higher incandescent bulbs from Oct. 1, 2012. Lower-watt bulbs will be banned in phases until 2016.

China's main planning agency says 3.85 billion incandescent light bulbs were produced here last year and 1 billion were sold domestically.

The agency's statement Friday said 12 percent of China's total electricity use is for lighting. The move is meant to save energy and curb climate change.

The United States and the 27-nation European Union are phasing out the bulbs beginning next year as well.