This industry does not require a lot of capital money like other major industries. It is a consumer related industry. The products are generally consumer items.
Light industries are those not so capital intensive than Heavy industries like petrochemicals, petroleum products, fertilizers, power generation, metals, cars etc.
The light industries are not so harmful to people or environment as compared to heavy industry. They need less labour too.
Some examples of light industry
Manufacturing of clothes, bulbs, furniture items like sofa, steel almiras (cupboards), match boxes, computer assembly, electronic gadgets, household appliances like a mixer and cooker, manufacture of TV, leather or cloth or plastic bags, making of glass items or lenses.