Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Tajikistan bans light bulbs

Energy-starved Tajikistan has banned the production of incandescent light bulbs in the country's latest effort to conserve power.

The ban will complement similar restrictions on the import of incandescent light bulbs introduced earlier this year.

The expense of buying costly long-life fluorescent or halogen lamps is likely to prove a burden for much of the impoverished population, and the mountainous nation's vast hydropower potential has suffered from lack of investment since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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