There have also been far fewer customers stocking up on the old incandescent bulbs, and the fall in LED prices is key. They have come down to much more reasonable levels, the customers know now that the bulb essentially pays for itself over the life of the bulb. There is now also a much broader variety of LEDs, and many are similar in shape and color to old incandescent bulbs. They can also be dimmed, unlike most CFLs.
People who can’t let go of the old bulbs will still have a few options. Incandescent bulbs will still be available, and incandescent bulbs for decorative lamps, ovens and refrigerators will still be sold. And the inventory of old 40- and 60-watt bulbs will be around for a few months.
Retailers said that the sales of CFLs are likely to slow down, since CFLs are no longer dramatically cheaper than LEDs. There is also continuing concern over CFL’s mercury content, which can spill or leach into the soil if not disposed of properly. Some retailers will take back spent CFLs and recycle them. Indeed, environmental concern over CFLs was one reason for a backlash against the government’s initial plans to phase out incandescent bulbs.
In the U.S., the opposition to a similar ban, which went into effect ahead of Canada’s, was even more fierce. Opponents characterized the legislation as an assault on individual freedoms, and said the ban was a conspiracy among big government, lighting manufacturers and environmentalists.