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Costs, quality, standards mean LED is yet to shine

The lack of common specifications, high development costs and substandard products are some of the obstacles keeping the LED market from truly taking off.

Saturday, 17 September, 2011, 12:00am

Rethinking a bright idea

It could be lights out for Thomas Edison's light bulb.

Moves are being made around the world, including in Hong Kong, to ban incandescent bulbs on grounds they fail to meet today's standards of energy efficiency. Many see the old-fashioned light bulb giving way to the compact fluorescent lamp, or even the light-emitting diode (LED).

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bright idea

1 Beat lamps by OVOHome (HK$3,500-HK$10,600)

2 Old lampshade-lamp by Piet Hein Eek (

3 Kaipo Lamp by Moooi (

4 Cactus lamp by Souris Decor (HK$2,850)

5 Lune lamp by Charles (HK$78,650), available at Heather & March

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A bright new way to save energy

Turning the lights off when you leave a room is one of the easiest things you can do to save energy. But if you change your light bulbs to ones that use less electricity, you will save energy when the lights are turned on as well.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


Believe in the power of love

Recently, I had dinner with some friends at a restaurant in Sheung Wan. While we ate, we talked about dating, couples living together and marriage. It was a very difficult topic for us - I think even the experts do not really know what love is.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Fluorescent lamps recalled

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Choose the correct answer for the following questions:

1 What was the original aim of introducing compact fluorescent light bulbs?

a. to help households save money

b. to use recyclable materials to make light bulbs

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Energy-saving scheme sees traders forced into green labelling

A new energy-saving scheme begins in Hong Kong appliance stores on Monday, when traders will have to have energy-efficiency labels displayed on three types of products: refrigerators, air conditioners and compact fluorescent lamps.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Bad time for university to use light bulb, now a less inspiring symbol

The light bulb may be a universal visual metaphor for an inspired idea, which is probably why Polytechnic University came up with this latest advertisement (pictured) to promote its business faculty and graduate studies. But it couldn't have picked a more unfortunate time. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you see an energy-saving light bulb?

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Pressure mounts on bureau to alter 'unfair' light-bulb scheme

Pressure was building on the Environment Bureau yesterday to modify a light-bulb cash-coupon scheme criticised as flawed and unfair.

22 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

HK$100 coupon to buy green light bulbs

Anyone planning to replace their incandescent light bulbs at home would be wise to wait a few months. A non-refundable, HK$100 cash coupon for buying energy-saving light bulbs will be available under a plan announced by the chief executive.

The coupons will be mailed with electricity bills to two million households in December.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Thin is in

LG Display has unveiled what it claims are the world's slimmest 42- and 47-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) television panels, each 5.9mm thick. The South Korean company's LCD panels employ a light emitting diode backlight system instead of the commonly used cold cathode fluorescent lamp to achieve its ultra-svelte profile.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Energy-saving light bulbs not so efficient

Most energy-saving light bulbs sold in the city are of a lower wattage than claimed and some are not as energy efficient as they should be, a Consumer Council study has found.

The consumer watchdog conducted tests on 20 models of compact fluorescent lamps, also known as energy-saving bulbs, to examine performance and safety.

16 May 2009 - 12:00am

Bright (and not-so-bright) ideas help 3,100 households cut power usage

More than 3,100 Hong Kong households took up a green challenge to change their lifestyles and use less electricity, resulting in an average 23 per cent drop in usage.

Green group WWF organised the power-saving '$3,600 Low Carbon Challenge' to reduce people's carbon footprints.

10 May 2009 - 12:00am

Group touts HK$200 coupons for energy-saving bulbs

Every adult Hong Kong resident should be given a HK$200 coupon to buy fluorescent, energy-saving light bulbs, a public policy group has proposed.

The group also called on the government to enact a law to ban incandescent light bulbs as quickly as possible. Further, it wants a better labelling scheme and an improved recycling system for old bulbs.

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am