Ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs now in effect

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - So, goodbye yellow light bulb.

Ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs came into effect Jan. 1. Incandescent electric bulb first demonstrated by Thomas Edison on Dec. 31, 1879.

Excuse the parody on Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road lyrics but with the ban on incandescent light bulbs now in effect, as of Jan 1, it just seemed kind of appropriate.

And, coincidently or otherwise, the ban took effect 134 years and one day after American inventor Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. on Dec. 31, 1879.

On Wednesday, the federal government’s new minimum energy performance standards for light bulbs came into effect, which means traditional incandescent light bulbs can no longer be imported or sold interprovincially. However, retailers will still be permitted to sell existing stock of the bulbs and their use is still allowed in homes and businesses.

“Lighting accounts for around 10 per cent of your home’s electricity use,” said Donald Dodge, spokesperson for Efficiency Nova Scotia. “So making the switch to new, energy efficient light bulbs can make a big difference in your electricity bill.”

Consumers can choose from a wide variety of efficient bulbs, including incandescent halogen, LED and CFL, in various shapes, sizes, brightness and colour temperatures.

“There are more options than ever before to suit individual tastes and preferences when it comes to lighting,” said Dodge. “And with energy efficient bulbs as the new standard, consumers can expect to see more choices and even lower prices over time.”

Nova Scotians can get energy efficient light bulbs and other energy efficient products installed in their homes, at no cost, by calling Efficiency Nova Scotia. This service can save homeowners over $150 a year on their power bill, Dodge said.

The new rules are intended to not only help families and businesses use less energy and save money on their power bills,  but to also help the province meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Nova Scotians have already shown tremendous leadership in energy efficiency,” said Dodge. “We’re saving $63 million a year in electricity costs as a result of using less energy – this year, and every year after.”

There are exemptions to the standards where an alternative for an efficient bulb is not available, such as oven lights, appliance light bulbs and utility bulbs.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

Geographic location: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Menlo Park

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