Ontario Boards the Bulb-Banning Bandwagon

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 18, 2007

City Council is off scot free: at least one opportunity to take the lead has been taken out of its hands.

The Ontario Government has announced that it will introduce legislation to ban energy-inefficient lights by 2012.

The law will apply to retailers selling bulbs, not to consumers using them.

I haven't seen the details of the legislation yet, but I hope the province passes the law based on enegy efficiency - e.g. a minimum standard of so many lumens per watt - rather than identifying particular technologies and limiting potential research.

The opposition parties support the legislation, but the NDP argues it should take effect in 2010, when Australia's ban takes effect, not 2012.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.


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By David (anonymous) | Posted April 20, 2007 at 03:56:25

I only hope someone can make the light from fluorescents more pleasent - we don't want livingrooms looking like a school cafeteria - the light is quite ugly.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 20, 2007 at 09:55:39

Some fluorescents are better than others. In any case, I think the future lies in white LEDs.

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