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article imageCanada's light bulb ban begins New Year's day 2014

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 13, 2013 in Environment
Ottawa - Canada has joined the growing number of countries phasing out the use of incandescent light bulbs for general lighting. In fact a nationwide ban kicks in New Year's Day 2014.
Canada's plan to introduce a tough federal ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs, for general lighting, was announced almost seven-years-ago, with a fanfare of jubilation by the then-rookie Conservative government led by Stephen Harper.
The plans were tough and would "effectively remove most incandescent bulbs from retail shelves in favor of more expensive alternatives, such as compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs".
As so often happens the years between the announcement and the implementation of the ban, legislation has been watered down. It will still be step in the right direction toward protecting the environment but will it go far enough?.
Huffington Post reports:
regulations are being watered down, and there are no federal rules yet on recycling a class of bulbs that meet the new standard but contain toxic mercury.
Changing to energy efficient lighting will help reduces the amount of energy used and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Canada's lighting options will be in line with their southern neighbors in the USA. By the end of 2014 the US and Canada will be singing from the same hymn-sheet, at least as far as energy efficient lighting goes.
An amendment in 2011 to the original announcement in Canada gave citizens more time to comply.
Natural Citizens Canada carries in depth information and reports:
With this revision, the standards will allow light bulbs that use at least 28 percent less electricity to be imported into Canada, or shipped between provincial-territorial borders, if they are manufactured on or after the effective dates of January 1, 2014 for replacements for 75 and 100 watt bulbs, and on December 31, 2014 for replacements for 40 and 60 watts bulbs.
A list of exemptions can be found here.
In Europe an EU directive led to phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs. In Europe that schedule was completed in 2012.
In Europe, the Guardian reported, From 1 September, an EU directive aimed at reducing the energy use of lighting means that retailers will no longer be allowed to sell 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs. Similar bans came into effect for 60W and 100W incandescent bulbs over the past three years. The restrictions are predicted to save 39 terawatt-hours of electricity across the EU annually by 2020.
Energy efficient lighting allegedly uses less electricity and although the bulbs may cost more to purchase they last much longer.
Energy efficiency, in theory, will help Canadians cut energy costs and help the country meet environmental goals like reducing smog and greenhouse gas emissions.
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