Feds easing rules on incandescent light bulb ban

Incandescent light bulbs (Reuters files)

Incandescent light bulbs (Reuters files)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:27 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The feds are softening the rules for the coming ban on traditional light bulbs, but you'll still be hit in the pocketbook.

In January, officials will flip the switch on a year-long phase-out of the inefficient but cheap incandescent bulbs that have lit Canadian homes for generations.

New energy efficiency regulations would have also banned halogen incandescent bulbs, but Natural Resources officials now say they'll relax the standard so that those bulbs will survive the phase out.

That will leave consumers with an alternative to energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and LEDs.

While halogen incandescents suck up more power than CFLs and LEDs, they're still more efficient that traditional blubs.

And unlike CFLs, halogen incandescents don't contain mercury - a toxic substance can end up on carpets or hands and in the air if a bulb breaks.

Government officials admit Canadians worry about CFLs.


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