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A couple of years ago my husband
and I began hearing about a new kind of light bulb that would one day make the
incandescent light bulb obsolete. In fact some counties, states and cities are
so convinced the new compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are green they are
seeking to ban the use of the incandescent light bulb.
The ads we saw hooked us with statements of energy and money savings
along with the promise that they lasted years, not months and would therefore
not need changing all that often.
My husband began buying the rather expensive CFLs and replacing
our older incandescent light bulbs. They were fine, though they did not always
live up to the longevity promotion. Those CFLs that burned out we treated like
any other light bulb, tossing them in the trash.
I even watched an Oprah
show on how using CFLs promote the environment. CFLs are green! What a way to
go. Sounded like a win-win situation to me--until another side of CFLs came
across my desk and I took a second look.
These supposedly green, environmentally friendly CFLs contain
mercury, and if not handled properly or disposed of with care, can leech deadly
compounds into our air, our water and contaminate our landfills and our
environment. Doesn't sound too friendly to me, though the amount of mercury in
CFLs is small.
Still the Fact Sheet about CFLs from the US Environmental
Protection Agency had this to say about mercury. "Exposure to mercury, a
toxic metal, can affect our brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver, causing
symptoms such as trembling hands, memory loss, and difficulty moving."
It adds, "Mercury is released into our environment when
products with mercury are broken, disposed of improperly, or incinerated. If
you break a CFL, clean it up safely."
Some packages of CFLs do carry a warning, but the warning labels
are usually small and hard to read.
In the rush to push these CFLs on an unsuspecting public, few, if
any, of the proponents (like Al Gore, Oprah) either don't know the hazard or do
not seek to educate the public on the deadly problems that may result from not
handling the CFLs properly.
An article in WorldNetDaily catalogues the experiences of several
consumers. One of these consumers, Brandy Brudges, broke a CFL in her
daughter's bedroom. She called Home Depot where she purchased the CFL and ended
up being directed from the poison control hotline up the line to, finally, the
state department of environmental protection who tested for contamination. The
room is still sealed off while she saves up the $2000 needed to pay a company
that specializes in hazardous waste cleanup. This for one broken CFL light
Those with a stake in the future of CFLs assure the consumer that
CFLs are safe, but caution that a broken bulb should not be vacuumed up. The
Fact Sheet states, "If a CFL breaks in your home, open nearby windows to
disperse any vapor that may escape, carefully sweep up the fragments (do not
use your hands) and wipe the area with a disposable paper towel to remove all
glass fragments. Do not use a vacuum. Place all fragments in a sealed plastic
bag and follow disposal instructions."
How do we safely dispose of these green CFL light bulbs?
The Fact Sheet says, "...in a sealed plastic bag and dispose the same way
you would batteries, oil-based paint and motor oil at your local Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Site. If your local HHW Collection Site cannot
accept CFLs (check Earth911.org to find out), seal the CFL in a plastic bag and
place with your regular trash."
But who is educating us about this CFL and, without an educational
program, how many, like us, simply toss them away, or vacuum up broken shards.
Moreover, we are warned not to use them in track or recessed lighting or with
dimmer switches. They can pose a fire hazard if not used properly or if used in
an area with frequent power surges.
Multiply the problem of disposal and cleanup by the thousands
around the country, the world. While the Environmental Protection Agency
heavily touts CFLs, few safeguards have been put into place to deal with the
very real hazard CFLs represent an a public that has little education in proper
usage or disposal.
How can a light bulb be green and environmentally friendly when it
can cause such destruction? There may be a future for CFLs, for now we need
slow down, take another look before we buy into what may well ended up far
worse than our old-fashion incandescent light bulb. We also need to stop the
move to ban the older incandescent light bulb, which smacks of Big Brother, not
freedom to choose. Instead, why not educate and inform and let the consumer
As the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true,
it probably is-- CFLs included-at least without a massive campaign to education
and inform the user.
I own a small business in New York. I just ordered 20,000.00 CFLs direct from
China and saved lots of money. China CFL bulb--> $0.90 each
USA CFL bulb (made in china anyway)--> $9.00 each!!!
Am I an Environmental terrorist or just smart?
We have disposal bins set up in our business too. Don't rip on China.
Do some reading before you expound on your ignorance. The AMA
suggests that .01mg of mercury is an unsafe level. One CFL contains an avg of
5mg. I have incandescent bulbs in my home lasting years longer than CFL's... so
much for the fact CFL's have longer life.
Incandescent bulbs do use more energy, so power plants produce more energy, in
turn producing more mercury polutants.
Now, how many of you just throw your CFL bulbs in the garbage? And where does
that wind up? Which is better - which is worse. Depends on who you ask. GE,
EPA, your Gov't.
It comes down to the fact they both suck. But did you know nearly all CFL,s are
produced in China. Everyone is buying these. Incandescent bulbs are made in
good ole USA. If you buy these you are an environmental terrorist!!! So it puts
a few companies and hundreds of US citizens out of work. It won't matter if
it's made in China, because China will soon own US.