CERTIFIED OFFICE OF THE CRIMINALIZATION COMMISSION ON VICTIMS OF CRIME AND VIOLENCE, B.C. (Reuters) – A Vancouver business owner is banning the sale of its illuminators amid a rising demand for a more personal touch, a move that could make the lights even more popular for many consumers.
“It’s a trend we’re going to see in Canada for a while to come, but for us it’s more of a personal thing,” said Shawn Mendes, owner of an outdoor business on Vancouver’s east side.
“We’re just trying to get our hands dirty and find out what works best for us and the environment.
And hopefully it’ll bring more awareness and more consumers to our business.”
The ban comes as the federal government’s Consumer Protection Branch has issued a guidance that outlines how people should control their light bulbs in the event of an emergency.
While the guidance does not recommend banning the bulbs outright, it warns against lighting your home, vehicles or other areas that could be used as a hiding spot for a burglar or a vehicle thief.
“If you’re a regular person who doesn’t want to be a burgler or a burglary suspect, I think this is the time to have a go,” Mendes said.
He said the lights are also being popular with the homeless community, and they are also a great way to make a statement on the social issues of the day.
“The community really cares about the environment, and we want to do something to help them and protect the environment,” Mendys said.
The ban is part of a broader push by some in Canada to make the glow-in-the-dark lamps more accessible and to ease pressure on businesses to sell them.
A Canadian law that went into effect in March bans the sale, possession and manufacture of the glow lights that emit a high-intensity red light that causes headaches and burns.
Citizens can buy glow-incandescent lamps for $3,000 in the Lower Mainland and up to $7,500 in Victoria, while they are sold in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
The law, passed by the Conservative government in May, says glow-indoor lamps must be of a minimum brightness of 50 lumens and can’t be more than three feet from a window.
The Vancouver Business Council, which represents local businesses, is also calling for a ban on the lights.
“While it’s not a ban, it’s a call for businesses to follow the guidelines and to make sure that all of our lights are in good working order,” said CEO Jennifer Haines.
The council says it’s already seen a surge in interest in the bulbs, with about 200 units of the light bulbs sold in the first three months of the year.
“They’re a great alternative to other fluorescent lighting for our businesses,” Hainis said.