Ireland yesterday became the first country in the world to ban the traditional lightbulb. Householders will be forced to switch to new long-life low-energy bulbs in 12 months' time. New legislation is being introduced banning the sale of the normal incandescent lightbulb from January, 2009.
As the normal lightbulb expires, householders will have to replace them with the more environmentally friendly long-life bulb which uses far less energy.