Rare Earths 2014: Lighting industry offers dim prospects for rare earths

By Laura Syrett
Published: Thursday, 13 November 2014

An industry shift away from phosphor-based fluorescent lighting towards LEDs, which use smaller amounts of rare earths, is reducing specific consumption of the minerals and looks set to be an irreversible trend.

Manufacturers of lighting systems are shifting towards new technologies that require smaller quantities of rare earths, delegates at the 10th International Rare Earths Conference in Singapore heard today.

 Singapore, source: Terence S. Jones
 The 10th International Rare Earths Conference was held in Singapore this week
Source: Terence s. Jones, via flickr

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