Toshiba has been into the manufacture of incandescent bulbs for a long, long time. It was amongst the first to start producing bulbs in Japan, 120 years ago. What initially started as a 10 bulbs a day affair reached to as high as 78 million incandescent lamps a year. The ill effects on the environment that these bulbs have are well known, and Toshiba was moving to stop production, its announcement to this effect yesterday just came in a year earlier than the planned date, which is a good thing.
Having shipped nearly 4.07 billion bulbs, Toshiba will now focus on new more eco-friendly technologies, like LED lighting. Toshiba’s decision to stop production will lead to the huge savings of 430,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which alone should make us cheer this decision. They will, however, continue to produce specialty incandescent bulbs, which we hope would soon meet the fate of their general-use counterparts.