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Now is a great time to purchase LEDs and take advantage of instant rebates available through BC Hydro offers $5 off* LED bulbs and $13 off* LED fixtures.

*Select Power Smart qualified products only. Some conditions apply. See in-store for details.There has never been a better time to switch to LED Lighting!
Norburn is offering an instant rebate on certified LED replacement lamps.

The average home has approximately 30 light sockets and there’s an LED bulb for almost every one. With the versatility now offered by LEDs, it’s never been easier to find the right bulb for your need.

LED bulbs offer the highest efficiency with lowest operating cost of all lighting alternatives.

Here are some additional facts about LED’s:

LED bulbs fit most standard lighting fixtures and offer clear and flattering directional lighting

Some bulbs feature omni-directional lighting, where the light diffuses in all directions

Safe for children’s rooms as the bulbs are not hot, contain no mercury and don’t shatter

Great for hard to reach fixtures as you don’t have to change them as often as traditional bulbs

Norburn carries approved LED light bulbs to suit any room in the house.

Now is a great time to purchase LED’s and take advantage of instant rebates available through BC Hydro offers $5 off* LED bulbs and $13 off* LED fixtures.*Select Power Smart qualified products only. Some conditions apply. See in-store for details.


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Contrary to popular thought it is Not Lights Out for the Incandescent Bulb

Incandescent bulbs will be around for a long time regardless of recent legislation by government that prohibits the sale of certain types. The vast majority of incandescent bulbs will not be impacted by this legislation. The obvious and most common bulbs that are affected are the 75 watt and 100-watt bulbs in various shapes. The fact is that many of these bulbs will be replaced with energy saving alternatives like halogen. You do not necessarily have to choose a Compact Fluorescent or LED.

As much as there has been a lot of talk in the past about these legislative changes, it still has come as a shock to the general population as can be witnessed in British Columbia where rules have gone into effect in January 2011. People are confused and upset at the notion that they can no longer buy what they have always bought and are comfortable with. There has been a lot of bad press (much of it not warranted) about the CFL and the generally misunderstood LED bulb.

The idea to legislate inefficient products is a great one, and we fully support it as long as the alternative products are readily available, provide similar light quality and performance, and sell at a reasonable price.

Norburn is one of the most recognized names for lighting education and a top lamp distributor in the Canadian market and we have been hard at work sourcing energy saving alternatives to incandescent. We are excited by the products we have to offer to date primarily in the halogen and LED category.

There are many incandescent bulbs for which the only alternative is to change the shape or reduce the wattage to something accepted by law (i.e. drop from 60-watt to 40-watt). Virtually all incandescent bulbs are dimmable while most CFL & LED lamps are not and even if they claim they are, they do not dim as nicely as an incandescent bulb.

The legislation does not ban incandescent technology; it sets minimum efficiency requirements for lamps. Many halogen incandescent  lamps are available today that pass EISA.
The Myth of The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

The Myth of The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban


As the lighting market is changing towards newer technologies, buying behaviors need to change. Consumers need to consider key questions when making choices as listed below:

–       What is the necessary wattage to replace your existing incandescent bulb?

–       What is the color? (usually listed in K°, i.e. 2700 K° (Warm White), 3000 K° (Cooler Warm White), 4100 K° (Cool White), etc.)

–       What is the color quality? There is a scale that ranges up to 100 and the higher the score the better the light quality. Incandescent scores 100 so you want to be as close to that as possible. Most alternatives run in the 80 – 95 CRI (Color Rendering Index) range.

–       What is the life rating of the bulb?

–       Are they dimmable? (if you need that)

–       Can they be installed outside?

–       Will they work with a motion sensor or photocell (lights turn on when it is dark automatically)?

–       Is the bulb approved by Energy Star? This may be important because your local electric utility maybe offering an incentive (i.e. mail in rebate) for CFL & LED alternatives and in most cases, the bulb must be Energy Star approved.

Above are key questions that will help you in making the right chose when purchasing your next bulb.

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Lots of media attention and ensuing hysteria has been generated on the reported ban of the incandescent light bulb in BC. Misinformed pundits and poorly researched reporting suggest that the much loved edison type A standard issue bulb is being banned, discontinued,confiscated and erradicated Don’t Believe the Hype! ,the incandescent bulb is not disappearing any time soon!

Although they are not being banned in British Columbia, unlike some places in the world (Europe), they will be replaced by incandescent lamps that will appear very much the same  but will be more energy efficient. The rest of the Canada, like the USA (except California), will not begin replacing their incandescent bulbs till 1st January 2012, so this means there maybe a brief period  when some lamps are difficult to source this year.

First on the list of lamps to be affected are the  100w and 75w A19 clear, white and frosted lamps, the 60w and 40w versions will be affected on January 1st 2013.

The aim is to make incandescent light bulbs more energy efficient by reducing the amount of power they consume but still giving the light output we expect. This is called the lumens per watt ratio or in other words light bulbs must produce the same amount of lumens (brightness) for less energy (wattage).

These new energy efficient versions are not available yet but soon will be. Below is a chart from the American Lighting Association (ALA), which Norburn is a member. It outlines a guide to what you will start to see on the shelves in the future.

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Today was D-day in Europe for the frosted incandescent lamp. Under the new EU rules stores will no longer be able to purchase new inventories of some frosted incandescent lamps. They will be able to sell their current inventories and consumers can horde as many of the bulbs as they wish. Here is a link to an article on the subject in todays NY Times

Europe’s Ban on Old-Style Bulbs Begins –