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THE BIG SWITCH:

UAE to phase out energy inefficient incandescent bulbs by July 1

The import of standard traditional incandescent light bulbs is to be banned from July and they are expected to be cleared from shop shelves by the end of the year.

Environmental chiefs believe the move will save Dh668 million a year, cut energy use by 500 megawatts and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 940,000 tonnes – equivalent to taking 165,000 cars off the road.

From July 1 the low-quality bulbs will be replaced by more energy efficient light sources such as CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) and LED’s (light-emitting diodes).