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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Canada to be a green light zone

The Government of Canada, following the lead of jurisdictions like Australia and Ontario has decided to ban incandescent light bulbs by 2012.

Inefficient incandescent lighting will be phased out over the next five years, the government said, but the ban will make some allowances when incandescent bulbs are “the only practical alternative,” such as in some medical lighting or in oven lights.
It's all part of the government's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent by 2020 (the government also plans to force industry to slash air pollution in half by 2015).

Compact fluorescent lights are the obvious alternative as they are decidedly more energy efficient. But they do have their drawbacks like higher cost, poorer quality of light (lower spectrum than incandescents) and of course, they contain mercury. Another alternative is the lesser known LED lamp.


John Nicklin said...

So, we ban indcanescent bulbs because of their inefficiency, ignoring the observation that most lighting in homes at least takes place at night and in the winter when the exces heat from those same bulbs may be offsetting the need for burning fuel in our heating systems. Sure its not much, but most of Canada uses hydro-electric so there is zero emmission at source.

The potential source of mercury polution is another matter, others have said enough about, but one that will be an unintended consequence of the government action and will have to be paid for by yet another enviro tax.

Anonymous said...

See our piece on this topic at


Tom Harris, Executive Director
Natural Resources Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2


Anonymous said...

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