OTTAWA – The federal government is looking at its energy efficiency rules in a different light.
It wants to relax regulations to permit sales of incandescent halogen bulbs, which would otherwise be effectively banned as of January 1st under the new rules.
The government says it would better align Canada’s light bulb rules with those of the United States.
A halogen incandescent bulb is less efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs, which are highly favoured by the new rules.
Traditional incandescent bulbs are generally not permitted under the new rules.
But replacement compact fluorescents can cost as much as 10 dollars more per bulb, and they also contain a small amount of toxic mercury, which can create disposal problems.
The government notes that a halogen incandescent is more efficient than a traditional bulb.
It says they also contain no mercury and are comparable in price with compact fluorescents.
The proposal must undergo a 75-day consultation period before it can be enacted.