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Phase-Out of Inefficient Light Bulbs

In December of 2008, as part of its effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the Government of Canada established new energy efficiency regulations to phase out the use of inefficient light bulbs. On April 16, 2011, an amendment was proposed to delay the implementation of the standard by two years. This delay was approved and published on November 9, 2011. As a result, the standard will affect 75- and 100-watt bulbs manufactured after January 1, 2014, and 40- and 60-watt bulbs manufactured after December 31, 2014.

The standard for lighting efficiency is a performance or technology neutral standard. It does not prescribe any particular light source technology and is set at a minimum performance level that ensures a wide array of choices will be available to Canadians once it comes into effect. It applies to bulbs imported in Canada or sold inter-provincially and will phase out standard, medium screw-base, A-shape incandescent bulbs.

The U.S. and a number of other countries are either developing or have already implemented similar standards for the elimination of the least efficient light bulbs from their markets.


Exemptions to the regulation include specialty bulbs such as chandelier-size bulbs, and those used in appliances and 3-way fixtures. View the complete list of exclusions.


The lighting industry is working diligently to develop more energy-efficient light bulbs, and the next few years will bring further developments. Consumers will be able to choose from a variety of technologies, such as LED, fluorescent, halogen infrared and enhanced incandescent, in all shapes and sizes, light outputs and colour temperatures.