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China Will Phase Out Energy-Draining Light Bulbs

China will phase out power-draining light bulbs within five years in a move to make the world's biggest polluting nation more efficient but also certain to impact the global market. China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt-and-higher incandescent bulbs from Oct. 1, 2012. Bans will also be imposed on 60-watt-and-higher bulbs from Oct. 1, 2014 and 15-watt-and-higher old-style bulbs from Oct. 1, 2016. Last year, 3.85 billion incandescent light bulbs were produced in China and 1.07 billion of them were sold domestically. Power consumption for lighting is estimated to be about 12 percent of China's total electricity use.

11/4 AP