New energy-efficient light bulbs for Canadians
The federal government wants to relax its energy-efficiency rules to allow Canadians to buy a new kind of light bulb.
The Natural Resources Department says it plans to ease regulations to permit sales of incandescent halogen bulbs, which would otherwise be effectively banned as of Jan. 1 next year.
The department says the proposal would better align Canada's light bulb rules with those of the United States.
A halogen incandescent bulb is less efficient than compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, which are highly favoured by new energy-efficiency rules that begin to kick in next year.
Traditional incandescent bulbs are generally not permitted under the new rules because the energy they consume produces far too much wasted heat compared with light.
But replacement CFLs can cost as much as $10 more per bulb than incandescents, and they contain a small amount of toxic mercury, which can create disposal problems.