Canada has phased out higher watt light bulbs effective January 1

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In a move intended to direct consumers to more energy efficient lighting, Canada began the phase out of inefficient incandescent bulbs.

Effective Jan. 1, the sale of 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs has been phased out, while lower wattage incandescent bulbs of 40 to 60 watts will be phased out effective Dec. 31, 2014.

Lighting accounts for up to 11 per cent of a home’s electricity use, so replacing old incandescent bulbs with new efficient ones can make a big difference.

The move will help improve energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions through the more cost-effective and environmentally-sensitive lighting technologies that now exist. Consumers can now choose from a variety of technologies, such as LED (light emitting diodes), fluorescent, halogen infrared and enhanced incandescent, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

The improved technology will not require consumers to change their current fixtures, as different types of efficient bulbs are available to fit existing fixtures, from ceiling units to standing lamps.

The new regulations will not impact the bulbs utilized in three-way lighting fixtures, chandeliers, appliance lamps, and others.

Canada has been importing incandescent bulbs since 1990 when the manufacture of incandescent bulbs in Canada ceased.

Geographic location: Canada

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