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    URGENT question on light bulbs

    EU has decided to ban the production on "old fashioned" light bulbs; starting september 1 this year (starting with 100 watts and above...

    then gradually outfacing all bulbs in the next couple of years..

    We use 150watt lightbulbs in several of our enlargers.

    What should we do?

    hoard as the sweedish people seem to do?

    or is there a subtitute been made for all of us with this problem?

    As the bulba are opaque (?), maybe it doesn't matter what is inside the glass, as long as the power is sufficient?

    Any light (sic.) on this?

    what do you do?

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    I use a fluorescent lightbulb in my Durst 138S. It has considerable warmup time, but it is "cold" enough that I can start and stop exposure with a lens cap. Once I enter the darkroom it stays on until I'm finished for the day.
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    This is a poorly thought out law.

    1. You can hope the madness passes before you are inconvenienced.
    2. There is always eBay.

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    The light bulbs for your enlargers are available today, and cheap. I would buy 100 for each enlarger, and don't worry about it.

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    Gandolfi;

    You might ask them how to safely dispose of them due to the mercury content. I pointed that out to an electrical department supervisor in a local store recently and he didn't know that the little bulbs contained any but he did know that they had to dispose of the long tubular bulbs as a hazardous material.

    He said that he would bring it up with management, but I doubt if anything will come of it.

    In any event, if enough people point this out, maybe something will be done in a rational fashion.

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    Steve;

    To be honest, no, but I was thinking more along the lines of us and store sales people and management. I have hopes for the "little people" of whom I count us all in all good will.

    PE

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    I'd stock up now just in case, but are they really not making allowances for bulbs used in technical applications, which are relatively small in the grand scheme of things? It seems there is always going to be a lot of equipment out there using specialized bulbs like enlarger bulbs for which there isn't a ready replacement.

    I pointed out in another thread that I think bulbs are not particularly advanced technology, and if you ever have occasion to look for a specialized bulb for a projector or something, it seems that thousands of obscure bulbs for obsolete equipment are always readily available, so I'm not too worried about laws that are mainly aimed at residential and ambient commercial lighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I'd stock up now just in case, but are they really not making allowances for bulbs used in technical applications, which are relatively small in the grand scheme of things? It seems there is always going to be a lot of equipment out there using specialized bulbs like enlarger bulbs for which there isn't a ready replacement.

    I pointed out in another thread that I think bulbs are not particularly advanced technology, and if you ever have occasion to look for a specialized bulb for a projector or something, it seems that thousands of obscure bulbs for obsolete equipment are always readily available, so I'm not too worried about laws that are mainly aimed at residential and ambient commercial lighting.
    I really hope you're right.
    My problem is, that until now, I havn't got hold in a person here in Denmark, that can tell me what to do...
    And the time is running fast! Coming tuesday, it might be ower!
    (then I could buy 100 bulbs pr enlarger.. (and I am talking 15-20 enlargers, and a pricy item... How we're able to afford that, I don't know..)

    How about a photographic asylum in USA?

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    I am not sure about the EU law but the US one that "Bans the Bulb" has exceptions for specialty bulbs. Just about anything except the standard household bulb is exempt. The real issue is will a factory that makes millions of bulbs now and in the future will only be making thousands say open? Lots of traditional photo supplies are still legal but no longer made.

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    The EU directive allows speciality bulbs and enlarger bulbs are no longer manufactured by the large bulb manufacturers anyway.

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