Hi everyone. I wonder if I might compare notes with anyone else who uses an MV trap regarding the supply of bulbs, especially 3-pin ones (as opposed to screw fittings).
There has been a lot of gloomy forecasting about the future availability of these and the main entomological suppliers do seem to be running short or indeed out.
I thought I had come to the end of the road last year, and again last week when my bulb finally expired after very long service. I've since rediscovered one which I ordered last year from an online supplier which I'll start using soon, I hope. It is a lower wattage than my previous ones, 80W against 125W, but I am hoping that this doesn't make a difference. I've just ordered another two from them and, unlike the entomological specialists, they and other online lamp firms seem to have good stocks. The pic below shows the packaging of the new one (left) and old ones.
I'm happy to shift to actinic eventually but I'm so used to MV and the choke etc, that I'd like to carry on for now. I also have a couple of long-ago mis-ordered screw MV bulbs and if any of the many very handy people on this blog have simple advice about adapting my (Robinson) trap so that I can use them, I would be very obliged. It may be a simple matter of finding the right socket at our local ironmongers but I am scared of electricity, so tips welcome. Again, the main entomological people don't seem to have advice or the right bits to help.
Finally, I am not sure how to dispose of old MV bulbs safely (hence the little exhibition of dud ones in my first pic). I can ask next time we go to the dump but should anyone have the answer off pat, I'd again be very grateful. Sorry about all these questions. All warm wishes Martin Wainwright, Thrupp, Oxon