Consumers slow to see the light

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 October, 2004, 12:00am

Hong Kong is lagging other parts of Asia in adopting the new energy-saving light bulbs with low mercury levels, a lamp maker says.

A spokesman for energy-saving lamp manufacturer Megaman, said demand had been improving, especially in Singapore and Malaysia.

'But Hong Kong is rather slow,' he said, despite the bulbs lasting up to 15,000 hours - 15 times the life of conventional bulbs. They are also much smaller, some as short as 37 millimetres.'

Megaman is an exhibitor at the four-day Hong Kong International Lighting Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors. New styles on display illustrate the prevailing trend for lighting - smaller, longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly and with a wider colour range including yellow, warm white and daylight.

Other exhibitors said light emitting diodes (LEDs) - usually used in electronic clocks and appliances - will be the next big thing in home lighting. Bright International Group sales manager Billy Leung Wing-shing said LED lamps were likely to replace the traditional filament bulbs in Japan soon and that he expected them to become popular worldwide.

LEDs, which create light by the movement of electrodes and are cooler than bulbs, are commercially hot, agreed Swing Industrial managing director Tommy Cheng Kwok-wing. He said they were widely used in modern household Christmas displays and provide a mellow light.

'Trendier designs for Christmas lights are more in demand,' he said. 'You no longer simply put little bulbs around Christmas trees.'

The lighting fair, which ties in with the International Hardware and Home Improvement Fair, ends on Saturday.