The light bulb aisle at some Quebec stores may be a little busier today than usual.
A federal ban on 75- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs made before 2012 came into effect on Jan. 1.
The ban, seven years in the making, is a measure implemented by the Canadian government to improve energy efficiency and therefore reduce greenhouse gases.
But it has people like Adrienne Piggot stockpiling incandescent bulbs.
“The fluorescent light bulb will often give me a headache, or in the worst case actually cause a migraine, in which case I’m in big trouble and I need all kinds of medication,” Piggot says.
“I have really debilitating migraines. The light from incandescents doesn’t affect my head,” she continues.
She also points to the cost of fluorescent light bulbs. A box of four incandescent bulbs is going for $1.49 at Canadian Tire, whereas the least expensive box of two compact fluorescent bulbs is $4.99.
Hydro-Québec spokesman Louis-Olivier Batty says it’s a small price to pay to help the environment.
“We’re talking about 75 per cent less energy consumed by a compact fluorescent bulb than an incandescent,” he says.
For now, the ban comprises 75- and 100-watt incandescents made before 2012, but 40- and 60-watt bulbs will follow by next year.
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Use a bulb as a bud vase. Remove the metal screw ring and the interior, fill with water, and add a flower. To get it to stand up, you just need a little round something to act as a base – the right sized jar lid, plastic cap, etc. The <a href="http://handyman.networx.com/handyman/NY/new-york/">New York City handymen</a> over at <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/create-a-chic-bud-vase-out-of-107978">Apartment Therapy show you how</a>.
Hanging Flower Vase
You can also create hanging vases, by stripping the bulb as described above, filling it with water and a flower, and then suspending it by fishing line or wire. These look adorable hanging all in a row, in a windowsill or even over a table.
Air Plant Holder
Are you familiar with air plants? They’re these amazing little organisms that seem to be quite popular these days, and they can survive without being planted. They just hang out and sit on whatever surface they’re placed on, and they look super cool suspended in hanging vases (as described above).
If you wrap standard brown twine around a standard-shaped light bulb, and then add a little stick at the tippy top, it looks just like a rustic pear. An adorable, artistic centerpiece.
Here’s a timely tip: Old light bulb. Spray glue. Doused in glitter. BOOM. Christmas ornament. This would be a fun family craft for Christmas Eve.
You can turn a bigger bulb into a teeny tiny <a href="http://www.networx.com/article/tabletop-terrariums">tabletop terrarium</a>. Just remove the metal screw ring and insides, then fill the bulb with moss, pebbles, and mini pinecones. Or make a beach-y version with sand and little sea shells.
It’s very easy to turn a light bulb into an oil lamp (and quite apropos, I’d say). The Internet is full of tutorials ( so don't bug your <a href="http://www.electriciansnetworks.com/">local electrician</a> to teach you how, OK?).
Ship In A Bulb
Dude, you can make a “<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-Old-Light-Bulb-1/">ship in a bott- er, light bulb</a>”! Love this.
If you have a bunch of matching bulbs, you can use them in the kitchen. Carefully remove the metal screw ring and the insides, but hold onto the screw ring – that will be your “cap”. Now, thoroughly wash and dry the bulbs. Then you can fill them with all your bulk-bought spices for display. “Cap” them and keep them in a pretty plastic (or ceramic) egg holder.
Salt And Pepper Shakers
Or, you could turn them into salt and pepper shakers, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Lightbulb-Salt-and-pepper-shakers/">like this guy did</a>.
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