My TV doesn’t have an off switch.
The stereo doesn’t have a proper off switch either.
In the war against standby this seems to be rather a big obstacle. Each of these devices has a big button which implies that it should be ‘easily turn on and off-able’ (to borrow from the old ad) and yet I hit the big button and am rewarded with a little red light.
Turn it off at the wall, I hear you shout. Well that, my friends, is easier said than done in this scenario. The TV and the stereo are plugged into one of those multi-block things which is, in turn, plugged into a wall socket obscured by a bookshelf.
What to do? Growing incredibly long thin arms isn’t an option and neither is moving the bookshelf (or the wall socket).
Imagine my delight at stumbling across ‘Bye Bye Standby’. Featuring (as described by the manufacturer):
- Easy “Plug and Play” installation – does not require additional wiring
- Easily expandable system – further range of products available
- Smart Sockets can control up to 4 devices each – when plugged into 4 way extension
- Compatible with any appliance up to – 1000W or 3000W with heavy duty socket
- Group on/off function
- Up to 30 metre remote control
- Up to 64 selective “House Codes”
1) Where am I going to keep the remote control thing?
2) What on earth happens if I lose it?
3) What am I going to plug the ‘bye bye standby’ socket into to make its red light go off?