Toshiba Lighting and Technology Corp said that shipments of bulb-shaped fluorescent lamps in Japan topped 100 million units as of the end of June. The company, a subsidiary of major electronics maker Toshiba Corp, launched the lamps in 1980.
Bulb-shaped fluorescent lamps use less energy than conventional light bulbs. With the 100 million fluorescent lamps having replaced incandescent bulbs, carbon dioxide emissions are calculated to have been reduced by 9.3 million tons.
The Japanese government is set to ban incandescent bulbs by 2012 as part of its efforts to curb global warming, and Toshiba plans to end output of the bulbs in 2010.
The company sees demand for bulb-shaped fluorescent lights growing further, and expects domestic shipments in 2010 to more than double those of 2007 to reach 22 million units.© JCN