The Canadian government says it wants to postpone its ban on incandescent lamps to give the lighting industry more time to come up with suitable replacements.

In a notice of a proposed regulatory change, quietly given in the middle of the election campaign on 16 April, the Conservative administration proposed pushing back the deadline for phasing out incandescent lamps by two years. Instead of banning 100 and 75W GLS lamps by January 2012, the deadline would be 2014.

The deadline for a ban on 60 and 40W versions, for December next year, would instead be pushed back to the end of 2014.

Instead of phasing out incandescent lamps before the US, Canada will now be behind its southern neighbour.

Thorpe buys sign maker

FW Thorpe has taken over Midlands rival Portland Lighting for an undisclosed sum.

Unions picket troubled luminaire maker Wever & Ducre

Employees of troubled architectural luminaire maker Wever & Ducre began picketing the factory in Roeselare, Belgium today.