The dangers of florescent light bulbs

Florescent light bulbs are filled with poisonous mercury gas.

If you break a florescent light bulb, removing the released poisons will require you to go through a painstaking operation. “A broken fluorescent tube will release its mercury content. Safe cleanup of broken fluorescent bulbs differs from cleanup of conventional broken glass or incandescent bulbs.” [Wikipedia]

If you have children at home, there is a good chance that they will at some point accidentally break a florescent light bulb. Are you willing to risk their health (and yours) to save a few bucks?

Florescent light bulbs require substantially more resources to make than ordinary incandescent light bulbs (that’s why they cost more).

Florescent light bulbs should not be used in a fully enclosed area as they build up heat and can cause a fire.

Starting 2012 you will no longer be able to purchase incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. The legislators decided to require everyone to switch to the so-called “green technology” florescent light bulbs.

I recommend stocking up on incandescent light bulbs now.

While there are short-term savings to everyone using florescent light bulbs, the long-term costs of disposing of the toxic waste may exceed the savings (and make the planet less “green”).

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One Response to “The dangers of florescent light bulbs”

  1. James Says:

    Energy efficient light bulbs are the easiest first step consumers and businesses can take towards reducing their energy consumption. Products have gotten light years better in the past few years and, in my eyes, indisputably better for 99% of applications. Both CFL and LED light bulbs run much cooler than incandescent bulbs, use energy much more efficiently, and do offer saving on your electricity bill. I am a vendor of energy efficient bulbs, so perhaps I am a bit biased, but I don’t know why everyone doesn’t switch today.

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