What You Need To Know About The Lightbulb Law

 

 

 

 

Here Is Popular Mechanics Fawning Take On The Subject … 

 

 

 ” These changes in the law are going to demand that we change the way we think about lightbulbs. We’re accustomed to a lightbulb being a minor expense, but the upfront cost of an energy-efficient one is much higher. Some might cost $30 or more per bulb.

CFLs represent the best value for consumers, as they use one-fourth the power of a comparable incandescent lightbulb and last up to 10 times longer. As a result, each CFL will save the consumer at least $30 in the form of lower electricity costs over the life of the bulb. ”

 

But There Is More To CFLs Than Energy Savings …

 

 

 

 

Are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Dangerous?

 

” Compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain a minuscule amount of mercury, and you can’t safely ignore potential contact with it .

Lightbulbs break all the time. So why would a single broken bulb in a Maine household trigger the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to refer the homeowner to a decontaminator?

The answer lies in the type of bulb that broke—a compact fluorescent lightbulb—and what was inside that bulb. Compact fluorescents, like their tubular fluorescent precursors, contain a small amount of mercury—typically around five milligrams. Mercury is essential to a fluorescent bulb’s ability to emit light; no other element has proved as efficient.

As effective as it is at enabling white light, however, mercury—sometimes called quicksilver—is also highly toxic. It is especially harmful to the brains of both fetuses and children. That’s why officials have curtailed or banned its use in applications from thermometers to automotive and thermostat switches. ”

 

 

 

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