May 19, 2011

We Don't Need No Stinking Twisty Bulbs

I love the smell of majority in the morning.

The Conservative government wants to postpone pulling the plug on incandescent light bulbs, saying it needs more time to allow for technological innovations and to deal with concerns about compact fluorescent lamps.

h/t Ross M.

Posted by Kate at May 19, 2011 11:08 AM

Damn. Just when my incandescent bulb collection was getting to the point where it would last a lifetime.

Incandescent Prohibition? Think of the opportunity of having a Canadian manufacturer selling light bulbs south of the border when factories are being shut down in the US.

More Canadian jobs, more Obama supporters scratching their heads.

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 11:13 AM

Another sign that change is on the way. Finally we may be able to get back to values that make sense. Save, don't spend. Cut luxuries (Multiculturalism comes to mind) Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Fire the Nannies and get them out of my life. To name just a few irritations.

Posted by: winnipegman at May 19, 2011 11:15 AM

I'd like to read more, but the link appears to be invalid.

Posted by: John V. at May 19, 2011 11:16 AM

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 11:19 AM

Thanks John - link fixed.

Posted by: Kate at May 19, 2011 11:20 AM

I heard a quick announcement of this before the election. This should mean I can quit stocking up on round bulbs for awhile, have a shelf full of them now.

As long as there is a factory prepared to keep making them then we should be safe from this green stupidity idea.

Posted by: Rob at May 19, 2011 11:22 AM

I was banking on this BS unfolding the way it is now.
Stocking up on incan. lightbulbs, trying to guage when was the best time to do my cross border buying,($Can remaining strong and above par)etc.

Yes it is nice to wake up in the morning to a majority and the relative stability that accompanies it.

Posted by: old duffer at May 19, 2011 11:24 AM

I have some incandecent bulbs that are 20 years old. and had one particular bulb taken from the marquee at Cinema park that burnt out last year , a run of over 40 years.

Posted by: cal2 at May 19, 2011 11:30 AM

It may be a moot point if there are no incandescent manufactures left in the world.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at May 19, 2011 11:36 AM

"The best solution to a non-existant problem is to do nothing."


Posted by: sasquatch at May 19, 2011 11:41 AM

So I should sell my stock in the German 'heat globe' company?

Posted by: andycanuck at May 19, 2011 11:47 AM


If there is demand in Canada, there will be a Canadian manufacturer.

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 11:50 AM

One small step for Canadians, one giant step for Common Sense!

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at May 19, 2011 11:50 AM

There goes my light bulb bootlegging plan.

I will switch to stockpiling toilet paper ... if the delivery of good and services is ever interrupted for any length of time (and I am sure it will be as things are going these days) ... can you imagine what people will pay for a roll of nice soft Delsey? .... What's the alternative?

Meanwhile ... Go Harper! Pretty soon a lot of non metropolitan residents will be digging up their long guns and putting them back on the rack in the den. Next thing you know ... Canada will be a free country again.

Posted by: Abe Froman at May 19, 2011 11:53 AM

Nicely done, Mr. PM.

Posted by: Mark at May 19, 2011 11:56 AM

At the farm we came up with a plan that allows remarkable savings on power while still using incandescent bulbs. We shut the light off when not in use. I guess we should let the lefties know about this strategy.

Posted by: Derek at May 19, 2011 11:57 AM

The ultimate end game. Guess who makes a 50 dollar light bulb?

Posted by: Speedy at May 19, 2011 12:03 PM

Best line from story:
If the United States bans incandescent light bulbs before Canada does, Canada risks becoming a dumping ground for an inefficient product, he said.

Dump 'em here, please.

Posted by: J at May 19, 2011 12:04 PM


You can still bootleg incandescent bulbs into ‘I killed Osama' land.

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 12:09 PM

Twisty bulbs....let's see, what is it? $10-$12 or more for 3 bathroom globes? after 6-8 months of on-off shock, they fail.

That pretty much illustrates the 'green psychosis' for me in a nutshell:

Create 'problems' that don't exist and 'solve' them with expensive crap that doesn't work.

Posted by: Andy at May 19, 2011 12:17 PM

The ban is a huge scam being run by industry insiders and politicians under environut cover.
The fact is they can't mass produce the practical super profitable, patent protected, light source
that was supposed to make them billions while ripping off the consumer. So the silly dance
continues and politicians pretend they aren't being left holding the bag while handing us the bill.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at May 19, 2011 12:19 PM

If a two year delay on doing something stupid is considered gutsy politics when enjoying a majority government we're screwed. As Steyn has pointed out on numerous occasions, an admirable trait of the left is that when in power they use their majority in jamming their agendas through. That's how we got here folks. A gutsy move would be to abolish the redundant federal agency (Ministry of Natural Resources) that regulates such nonsense. What next, a commission to study the impacts of reducing the paperwork for the long gun registry?

Posted by: John Chittick at May 19, 2011 12:22 PM

So how does that affect the ban that Ontario put on all by itself?

Posted by: jcl at May 19, 2011 12:24 PM

Caught in the filter but GE has a LED lightbulb that lasts a long time (4 hours a day) and costs only 50 bucks each.

Posted by: Speedy at May 19, 2011 12:24 PM


Yeah, that came out in another thread/tip the other day here. From a purely "conservation" point of view, they make sense, but at this point, what's the payback....I guess if McGuinty gets back in and keeps hiking our electricity rates, payback will be shorter, and shorter...

Posted by: jcl at May 19, 2011 12:30 PM

its just the next logical step in the E26, called the medium Edison Screw.

Posted by: cal2 at May 19, 2011 12:35 PM

"Canada risks becoming a dumping ground for an inefficient product"

Ha, my favorite line. Cheap lightbulbs everyone, ain't Capitalism (& freedom) Grand.


Posted by: RCGZ at May 19, 2011 12:45 PM

I live in Kanada. You know that place - the land of two seasons - July 1st and winter. The fact that incandescent bulbs are a source of heat AND light is a miracle. Thank you Mr. Edison. To paraphrase Ms. Shaidle, no one is smart enough to tell me how to live....... but that fact doesn't stop many, does it?

Posted by: LemmingMan at May 19, 2011 12:49 PM

Kate said: "I love the smell of majority in the morning."

Yep. Smells like napalm. Cue the agonized screams of burnt watermelons in 3, 2, 1...

John Chittick said: "If a two year delay on doing something stupid is considered gutsy politics when enjoying a majority government we're screwed."

John, we have 70 years worth of stupid to unwind. Not going to get it done in a weekend, right? I plan to celebrate every incremental step along the way.

Still, the sentiment is a worthy one. Faster please!

Posted by: The Phantom at May 19, 2011 1:05 PM

When are they going to fix Firearms Act?

If Firearms Act is not dealt with quickly, CPC will have no chance in hell of ever being re-elected.

Posted by: Aaron at May 19, 2011 1:06 PM


However, I will continue to hoard.

Posted by: Frank Q. at May 19, 2011 1:14 PM

Oh, they'll still be making regular light bulbs in China for the next 50 years. I planned to borrow the MV Ocean Lady to smuggle some in.

Posted by: David at May 19, 2011 1:19 PM

The US is banning these bulbs although I'm not aware of the drop-dead date. Drudge reported last week that South Carolina is bucking this trend and have permission to open an incandescent bulb manufacturing facility provided that the product is sold within the state only.
Seeing how we enjoy travelling to SC on an annual basis, you can bet that our home will never run out of them.
Meanwhile, they can still be purchased in Michigan. Bought some last Sunday.

Posted by: atric at May 19, 2011 1:23 PM

Hurray!! This will get the CPC more votes than the lifting of the CWB monopsony.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at May 19, 2011 1:26 PM

"When are they going to fix Firearms Act?

If Firearms Act is not dealt with quickly, CPC will have no chance in hell of ever being re-elected."

Dear lord. Just shut up for one minute, and let them get to Ottawa, for goodness sakes.

Posted by: Yukon Gold at May 19, 2011 1:41 PM

A full-out ban of incandescent bulbs isn't required, but you all should be using mainly fluorescent bulbs anyways. They save on power usage and they last at least 3x longer, so they're generally cheaper than incandescent bulbs over their lifetime.

Posted by: Amos at May 19, 2011 1:46 PM

Durned conservatives!
First they destroyed my income trust nest egg, now I'll have to keep the 40' trailer full of incandescent bulbs parked in the driveway for at least another year 'till I can cash in on it.
My wife is NOT going to like this!

Posted by: Pedro at May 19, 2011 1:47 PM

The Screw U light bulb, symbolic of another flawed marketing campaign of the left.

Posted by: WalterF at May 19, 2011 1:51 PM

They're just delaying it by a couple years? Weak. We're going nowhere fast with this tepid government of losers.

Posted by: libertariansaresmarter at May 19, 2011 1:52 PM

"saying it needs more time to allow for technological innovations and to deal with concerns about compact fluorescent lamps."

Trust me. In Governmentese this means its a dead horse.
It will just fade away.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at May 19, 2011 1:58 PM

"We're going nowhere fast with this tepid government of losers"

Smart? Certainly unhappy. Permanently it seems.

Posted by: RCGZ at May 19, 2011 2:03 PM

Great, Environmental Defence has an office right here in Ottawa! I can mail them my burnt out CFLs
and pay less postage than sending them to David Suzuki's foundation on the left coast.

Incidentally, I have more incandescents than CFLs yet my name-brand CFLs burn out more often.

There is a column today on American Thinker titled
'The Dangers of CFLs....' that is worth a read.

Posted by: Al_in_Ottawa at May 19, 2011 2:07 PM

Or a Carbon TAX!!!

Posted by: jcl at May 19, 2011 2:16 PM

when I was in high school the physics teacher trotted out a real old fashioned looking clear glass unit that according to him was acquired when Thomas Edison was still alive.

mind you, that was 40 years ago but .....

Posted by: snappy dresser at May 19, 2011 2:17 PM

The cruel irony of conserving power is that some utilities in the USA, have explained rate hikes because of reduced for McSquinty and/or the left coast to pull that one.

Posted by: sasquatch at May 19, 2011 2:35 PM

This is more good news and so is Peter Kent's announcement of no carbon tax as is reported in jcl's 2:16 post.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at May 19, 2011 2:41 PM

Canada has majority
and SDK blog keep saying
world run by crazy people

so can we say Canada NOW run by crazy majority people
can do anything and not shy to do bad thing
istead grow up to be bad boy too

world need PEACE BOND not peace

as we see

Israel vs Palstine ... again this is border and do not interfer in each other life
Canada vs US
Nonmuslim vs Muslim

to stay from each other this is our border and do not come close to each other if
they hate each other to will to destroy each other

building peace is process of years of gradully adopt to each other
peace is not word or contract to sign

Liberal pary bone built by Bob Rae
is he like to transform it reality of what people like
or Harper still belive majorty are dump and
if they do not vote for Harper freind he
can bring them up
which is reason
saying if Harper is boss
he is god now with new book of Harperism like judism and Islam
he can move around

but again make sure
take a time to let people like each other in process
call peace bond NOT peace
and still word run by crazy people
Harper welcome more athesim or sikh to his senate

even if you see Iran who is people think worst country
jewish has two seats and christain has two seats that is why
very hardly by LAW you can see anybody bother or kill Iranina jewish or Iranian christian
the same way in Egypt or same way in Canada who has not seat in senate or parlemtn
to hear Muslim view
Muslim need at least two seats
by Muslim shia and M uslim sunni
if Harper plan to choose that seats he will bring Ahamadia Muslim and Isalami Muslim to Senate seat because both are not follow Islam but Isreal only like them and allow them to live in Israel

Next job of Harper to have two seat in Senate one for shai Musim and one for Sunni Muslim in Senate to respect right of Muslim more than 4.4 million Muslim live in Canada
we have more than 2,500,000 Muslim in Ontario live
and we have close to 1 million in Quebec and 1 million in west Vancover alberta

If qubec has vote because their vote was 900,000
and if Green has seat because their number is 500,000

we need to have for relgion group also one seat
we need folloiwing seat:
two for jewish-orthodox and regular jewish
three for christian catholc and protestan orthodox
two to 5 for Muslim ( 1. ( Iranian-Afgani) 2. Pakstani -Indsian 3. African like Tansania 4. European Muslim 5. Arab ( iraqi or kewit or bahrain etc...) )

Posted by: R at May 19, 2011 3:11 PM

> Just shut up for one minute

Not in your lifetime.
They've managed to do something about the bulbs, but still nothing for the gun owners.

Posted by: Aaron at May 19, 2011 3:15 PM

"Pulling the plug" is the wrong metaphor for light bulbs.

They're UN-SCREWING us!

Bad News

Posted by: Bad News Quilllan at May 19, 2011 3:15 PM

Amos doesn't know that UV causes skin cancer.
I too was seduced by reduction of hydro bill, but quickly noticed that pharmacy bill went up. So all those twisties are sitting there waiting for me to decide who to ship them to - Harper or Suzuki.

Posted by: Aaron at May 19, 2011 3:18 PM

I thought we'd decided Lizzy was getting the twisties?

Posted by: jcl at May 19, 2011 3:19 PM

Watermelons like to be cool, so they want to insure that they don't have to sit under incandescent lamps.

But, than again, watermelons do not have all that much substance, mostly water, some seeds and a little pulp. Once you cut throught the shallow green exterior all that is left is a watery red pulp with no real sustaining value.

Try living on a diet of watermelons for a while and see how that works out. But I warn you don't try to eatdigest the outer part.

Posted by: DennisK at May 19, 2011 3:22 PM

The US website American Thinker reported this a month ago:

Posted by: Louise at May 19, 2011 3:22 PM

R's post is a living example of why there should NEVER be proportional representation.

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 3:26 PM

Incandescent bulbs are not wasteful, poisoning us with mercury so we can pretend to tackle fake global warming is assinine. I have no intention of using mercury laced bulbs, now or in the future.

Posted by: Rose at May 19, 2011 3:38 PM

R is just "new" using a different name.

Feel free to scroll past that poorly translated screen door!

Posted by: theredsuit at May 19, 2011 3:38 PM

I'm probably to going to pick up an LED bulb and give it a shot. LED's have shown themselves to be useful in other situations (flashlights, brake lights, stop lights, etc), so I'll give them a try in my home. Before the CFLs hit the market flourescents had proven themselves only to be useful for large amounts of low quality, always on lighting. Schools, warehouses, etc.

Posted by: Kevin Jackson at May 19, 2011 4:01 PM
The ultimate end game. Guess who makes a 50 dollar light bulb?

Never happen..

We would be living in the dark.

Golds Gym,
Shopping malls,
will have to hire security guards just to keep people from stealing 50 dollar bulbs.

"Hey buddy,
You wanna buy a $200 dollar street lamp?"

Posted by: Fearless Leader at May 19, 2011 4:18 PM

The usual whining by leftard trolls, who think Harper is Attilla the Hun. The Reform Party was milquetoast liberals, and Harper is left of Reform.

Posted by: oldfart at May 19, 2011 4:18 PM

"New" we hardy "knew" you

Hahlal aside I get my afternoon laugh from ye,

Posted by: cal2 at May 19, 2011 4:32 PM

Can you export some of that common sense South of the Border?

LED's are the way to go for flashlights and headlights. They're just beginning to invent ways to turn LED's into 360 degrees of smooth lighting.

CFL's were obsolete before they were ever mandated. I have several CFL's in my home, and the delay in turning on catches me by surprise every time.

Posted by: POWinCA at May 19, 2011 4:56 PM

This is hard to live among Gay and pro Israel and Muslim halal eater in one small city of Toronto

not missed ---A Nation

Old men like this

people get paid to act or be actores of
being Gay

if Rob Ford plan to cut $100,000 from gay Toronto pride all has demonstration

we need more money for walk naked and proof their gay sex life is better than nongay
because they pay to do so

or other group get money to be slander Muslim

or some get paid to be pro Israeli


or other paid just work and sell halal food
if it is real halal food not Zabiha Maple lodge

“QuAIA’s new plans will pose a challenge for Mayor Rob Ford, who announced that he would cut more than $100,000 in city tourism funding for Pride Toronto if QuAIA continued to march.”

Most people expect QUAIA to be there in a disingenuous form and turn the Pride celebration into an anti-Israel circus – on city money.

Frances Pritchard,
Manager, Community Councils and Committees
phone: 416-392-6627
fax: 416-392-1879

is ridiculs if you go to that show above really!!

still I believe that "world run by crazy people"

Posted by: R at May 19, 2011 5:19 PM

You run the world, R?

Posted by: set you free at May 19, 2011 5:37 PM

I wish
One day politician really care about ALL public interest and not fight majority or minirity

but I do not like today corrupted political game

I am minority here in Canada and Muslim do not have Muslim seat in Parlment or Senate
that is reason

I never vot to any PM all years I am here, as usuall because none of them care about us and our right here

so still I am not that crazy to join the pc club too when one Muslim in autidence are drop out of crowd because she was Muslim by Harper security

but who know
Harper still has 4 more years
to made all Muslim crazy brain wash too

I never will vote or participate in politic until Muslim and Islamphobia get stopped or reduced and Muslim has righ to have seat

I do not know when!! but I know most of region like christian and judism will reform their relgion soon because Islam will dominate the world
with peace not hate ...really!!! I am not joking

Posted by: R at May 19, 2011 6:11 PM

As a very well-educated electrical engineer, I can tell you this is the *best* news I've heard all week.

I'm writing to my MP to let him know how pleased I am.

Thank God, a sensible government at last.

Posted by: TJ at May 19, 2011 6:19 PM

LOL R's a real piece of work, Muslims can run for elected office the Mayor of Calgary is a Muslim you troll.

Posted by: Rose at May 19, 2011 6:23 PM

create substance by using chemical engineer to able to DISABLE the toxic of bulb is less costly and much easier to
destroy very costly all base of houses electrical
to complete new form

every from creat their own problmes

even electical car as people think can reduce pollotion it bring new kind of hazardous and pollution and problems attached to new inventory

find problems for existing materials is sometimes is easier to destroy all exiting
because switcdh to new one
who is going to get rid of all old material this become pail of big garabe with mor hazadous attached to it

In reallity when conservative can not deal with Muslim also prefer to stop their immigration or go to war with them while find better reasonable solution is alway is find best option never was conservative solution I am only witness here

Posted by: R at May 19, 2011 6:28 PM

Never doubt my info about Islam
I know more than nonMuslim Muslim and Islam
and I am familar with all branch of Islam very well

Calgary mayor is Ismailia

as I said Harper only suport Islamali and Ahmadiah because if you search engine
isreal you will see only these two are there or recognized by that government

his wife is not war hijab

two years ago one of my releativ went to
one big mosaque of Isamalia

by mistake then soon
he got escart out
said you are not one of us....

majority of Muslim do not believe
Ahamadia and Ismalia and bahi are Muslim

I bleive Isamalia is better other 3 but thier act is weired to me

for example Ismalia is only mosque in world that their women go to mosque without wear Hijab
or allow to drink alchol or cut some imam list out

Posted by: R at May 19, 2011 6:37 PM

"Not in your lifetime.
They've managed to do something about the bulbs, but still nothing for the gun owners"

Aaron -- how truly stupid are you?

You can't repeal legislation WITHOUT A SITTING HOUSE.

Parliament convenes June 2nd, for gawd's sake.

Posted by: Yukon Gold at May 19, 2011 10:09 PM

I can foresee problems for a Canadian light bulb industry -- poor sales. With so many people having a 20 year supply of light bulbs would you, if you could still buy incandescents:
(a) reach into your stash to replace a burned out bulb or
(b) go to the store and buy even more incandescents?

And then of course there is that looming danger of US incandescent bulbs being "dumped" into Canada. I think we should just repackage them as "Canadian winter heat globes" and sell them back at a much higher price to the Americans.

Posted by: loki at May 19, 2011 11:18 PM

You can send mail to Members of Parliment from anywhere in Canada without postage. Lizzy May is now an MP. Guess where I'm going to mail my CFL's!

Posted by: rmgk at May 19, 2011 11:39 PM

It's a step in the right direction, although my preference would be a complete recall of the offending legislation. I mean, truthfully, do we really need such micro-legislation as to what kind of light bulbs people can use? It's offensive to any right thinking, freedom loving citizen. It's also just a plain ridiculous law.

Since this is just a delay, and not a withdrawal, of the legislation, I won't be dismantling my stash of incandescents any time soon.

Posted by: Colin in Mission BC at May 20, 2011 11:43 AM