Also urged was a switch from incandescent to fluorescent light bulbs, particularly when buying new products. The cabinet decided on July 29, 2008, to switch conventional home lighting to energy-saving systems, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) by 2012. About 16 percent of home electricity consumption is for lighting in Japan.
Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corp. of Japan announced that it will stop the production of regular incandescent light bulbs by the end of fiscal 2010 in order to contribute to carbon dioxide reductions. Thus, highly efficient lighting is rapidly being developed.
Fluorescent light bulbs recommended by the government consume about 80 percent less power and last 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
Furthermore, next-generation light-emitting diode (LED) lighting consumes less power, lasts longer and therefore saves more resources than incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs. For example, a highly efficient LED light bulb consumes 35 percent less power than CFLs with a life expectancy of about 40,000 hours or 10 years and delivering the same brightness as conventional lighting.