One by one the nations around the world are stepping up to the plate and banning incandescent lightbulbs. On December 10 Italy took the plunge after the budget committee voted in favour of a proposal from Green MP Angello Bonelli.

That adds to an Australian ban and the Irish ban, with plenty of other nations lining up similar moves all due to come in before 2011. Which makes the European Lamp Companies Federations plan for a phase out by 2019 look a little, well, dim.