Proposed Canadian Light Bulb Packaging

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has proposed new packaging labels for general service light bulbs and CFLs to help Canadian consumers make energy efficient choices. The new labels would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

The regulations do not prescribe a specific label design. Rather, they require that certain mandatory text be readily visible on the package's principle display panel. The text will be bilingual, with the English text appearing first, followed by the French text. The French and English texts can appear in separate locations on the packaging.

The proposal would require the following to appear on the bulb packaging:

  • The new label in bilingual or separate English and French format
  • The following text, preferably underneath the label:
    “To save energy and money, choose the bulb that has the desired brightness and then select the one with the higher efficiency.”
    “Pour économiser énergie etargent, choisir une ampoule en tenant d‘abord compte de la luminosité désirée, puis du niveau d‘efficacité le plus élevé.”
  • The model number of the bulb, placed in a clear visible manner
  • Voltage

The following illustration is a sample only. The size of the display panel will vary depending on the space available on the packaging. The information can be displayed horizontally or vertically.

Sample Proposed Canadian Label

* This text is voluntary but NRCan recommends that dealers insert these statements to ensure package labeling meets U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulations.