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.

Pioneering lighting designer Jonathan Speirs dies aged 54

Jonathan Speirs, one of the world’s foremost lighting designers and a pioneer for the profession, died at home in Edinburgh today after a long illness.

Abacus lights the Cricket World Cup

The world’s eyes will be on Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai this Saturday for the final of the cricket World Cup between India and Sri Lanka. The showcase one-day cricket event is the first all-Asian final in the World Cup’s 36 year history.