Anyone off to VCF-UK
arcarlini at iee.org
arcarlini at iee.org
Wed Jun 2 16:30:07 CDT 2010
Tony Duell [ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk] wrote:
> This is why I want to see the exact terms of the ban in the
> UK and rest
> of the EU. If rough service bulbs are exempt, then there is
> no problem at
I cannot find the primary legislation, and I bet if I could I'd
regret it :-)
Here's one retailer's opinion:
Here's another actually selling them:
They think they can sell them. If they're wrong, they're committing the
offence, not you (probably :-)).
Apparently in the US the sales of alternatives (like rough service
bulbs) are being
monitored and action may be taken if sales go up too much. or maybe not,
> Right... So just what is the point of this ban? :-)
Even you might buy the odd bulb and possibly even use these alternatives
around the house, but pretty obviously the vast majority of the 20
households in the UK will switch. They throw away mobiles after a year,
after two and TVs at maybe the same rate. Bulbs won't be a big deal. So
point is that usage will drop very significantly.
Whether that's more than a drop in the ocean or not I've no idea.
> And what on earth is the point of 'no more than 2 bulbs per
> box', other
> than to ensure the use of excessive packaging which will need to be
> recylced. I thought they were trying to cut down waste, not
> increase it...
Same as the analgesics packaging rules: if you make it inconvenient
to go around the rules, most people won't be bothered. Job done.
> Well, considiering I saw new _carbon filament_ bulbs
> advertised on a web
> site quite recently, I suspect that rough serve bulbs will be
> around for
> quite some time..
I expect so.
> True, and I guess for much the same reasons. There are
> applications where
> there is no alternative to lead/tin solder.
"We have to do it this way" never cuts much ice in these sorts
of things, at least as far as I can see. Let's just be grateful
that it is still available and that a lifetime's supply isn't
really that hard to build up over time. (Who knows, they might
be watching your spending habits ... I'm always amazed I can still
buy Ferric Chloride ... it is a chemical after all :-))
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