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147 Countries Agree To Eliminate Fluorescent Lamps By 2027

147 Countries Agree To Eliminate Fluorescent Lamps By 2027


The Minamata Convention on Mercury was held 10/30 – 11/3, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland. During the convention, 147 countries agreed to phase out all fluorescent lamps by 2027. This decision will accelerate adoption of LEDs.

According to the appliance efficiency non-profit, CLASP, the phase out will have the following beneftis cumulatively between 2027 to 2050:

  • Avoid 2.7 gigatons of CO2 emissions,
  • Eliminate 158 tons of mercury pollution, both from the light bulbs themselves and from avoided mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants,
  • Save US$1.13 trillion on electricity bills.

The EU has agreed to phase out fluorescent lamps sooner, in 2023. CLASP claims that recent global analysis indicates that financial payback periods for LED alternatives to linear fluorescent lamps are improving, from an average of 6.3 months in 2022 to 2.4 months in 2023. More information is available here.


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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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