Lightbulb Ban Begins On New Years Day

Tuesday December 31st, 2013

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If you like the soft glow of incandescent bulbs, you have one day left to stock up.

Beginning January 1st, a Canada-wide ban takes effect on 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs.

The ban, which has been in the works since 2007, was created to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by more than six million tonnes per year.

The federal government says 75 and 100 watt bulbs won’t actually be yanked from shelves tomorrow, instead, bulbs manufactured before January 1st will still be able to be sold until stock runs out.

Federal officials say traditional incandescents lose nearly 90% of their energy as heat — and are cheap — while energy-efficient CFLs can cost up to five times as much, per bulb.

A year from now, on December 31st, 2014, 40 watt and 60 watt bulbs will also be banned.

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