posted August 31, 2018 06:29 AM
The newspaper today stated that halogen bulbs are to be phaes out from this weekend ie shops are not able to replace stocks.
BUT the quote later in the article is "The last phase bans NON-DIRECTIONAL halogen bulbs....." and that traditional incandescent ones were banned in 2009 and GU10 in 2016. This sounds as if low voltage reflector (directional) lamps as used in projectors may not be covered by this.
From: Johnshaven Village , Montrose, Scotland
Registered: Jan 2015
posted August 31, 2018 09:53 AM
Brian i am getting really concerned by all this news. Are we going to find ourselves here in the UK and Europe where nearly all 8mm and 16mm machines will be in effect standing idle as no more than mere display pieces soon ?
I wonder if someone in the UK can do some kind of conversions to and alternative light source such as LEDs.
Mind you when the UK finally leaves the EU this may not apply.
-------------------- " My equipment's more important than your rats. "
From: Bapchild, Kent, UK
Registered: May 2004
posted August 31, 2018 10:02 AM
I wouldn't worry too much David even if the EU diktat is expanded to include halogen projector bulbs - alternative methods of illumination are the easiest area to adapt on any projector, as long as the mechanical side and electronics are running I'm sure LED / HID alternatives will be found for most machines.
There must be mountains of already produced projector Halogens out there too so time to stock up if needed (before greedy sellers hike the price!!!) maybe they will become cheaper I notice all our local Sainsbury's Halogen light bulbs down to 20p each this week as they want to get rid of them asap.
From: Ortona, Italy
Registered: Jan 2004
posted August 31, 2018 11:12 AM
I have just checked with one of the biggest lamp dealers in Italy: they know about the new EU REGULATIONS but clarified only non-special use lamps/bulbs are impacted by these regulations: EFR/EFP bulbs, being specialized use, are not affected. None the less I felt obliged to stock up a little...
posted August 31, 2018 11:21 AM
Yes most projector halogens are reflector which the article suggested were exempt from the ban. I stocked up, however, as the closing chain Maplin had Osram lamps 50% off the price.