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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ontario To Eliminate Old Incandescent Light Bulbs By 2012

They've been around since the days of Thomas Edison.

But they're about to be turned off for good by Ontario.

The province has confirmed that it plans to follow the lead of Australia and ban the old fashioned incandescent light bulbs Save that are in use in millions of homes across the country.

Queen's Park vows the old "illuminati" will be eliminated by 2012, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and save energy.

Their replacement? Those new CFL bulbs, that act as de facto screw-in fluorescents. They're able to light up a room while using far fewer watts.

And while they're more expensive than your usual 50 and 100-watt bulbs, they also last for years.

"It will be lights out for all inefficient lighting and lights on for efficient CFLs and other technologies in Ontario," vows Energy Minister Dwight Duncan.

The government estimates there are some 87 million of the old style lights in use in the province. Replacing them all would be enough to power 600,000 homes for a year.

While it won't be illegal to use the old style, they may be a lot harder to get.

The Ministry is promising to meet with manufacturers and U.S. regulators to try to come up with a new standard that will make them even cheaper to buy and use.

The energy experts also pledge that beginning immediately, any light bulbs being replaced at Queen's Park will only be the new ones.

To encourage you to follow suit, the government will be mailing a special money-off coupon for the CFLs to every home in the province.

They'll also provide rebates for those who want to tune up their energy-eating air conditioners, help get rid of old inefficient fridges, offer a 10 percent electric bill rebate to homes and business that save watts during a specified period,  and continue with Peaksaver, which allows utilities to slightly reduce air conditioning in your home during peak demand days.

But some critics are casting a shadow on the light change, wondering if it's an unreasonable goal to completely get rid of all the old glass glowers.

Some fixtures may not take the new bulbs, while others aren't made to be used outdoors or in timer lights, creating consumer confusion.

There have also been potential fire concerns with the new bulbs, which supporters adamantly deny is a problem.

From the CityNews website at http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_9946.aspx