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Toxic Light – The Dark Side of Energy Saving Bulbs

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A look at how dangerous the new energy-saving light bulbs are. The EU has banned many incandescent bulbs in favor of Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs). CFLs emit serious toxins while being used. All Florescent lights contain Mercury. There is enough Mercury to pose a serious health risk in the event of a CLF breakage. People are being told to run out of the building for 15 minutes, open windows and turn off the heat. Additionally the bulbs do not last as long as advertised and they take a long time to warm up, decreasing in brightness over time. The light they emit is not a full spectrum steady light. Few Bulbs actually get recycled and they need to be treated as hazardous materials when discarding them. Consumers be alerted!
 

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12 comments to Toxic Light – The Dark Side of Energy Saving Bulbs

  • Bob Maginnis

    Compact fluorescents save hundreds of pound of coal burned during their lifetime, which emits more mercury than contained inside the bulb. If you don’t like CFLs, buy a modern tungsten quartz halogen bulb, which costs a little more, but saves more in reduced electric costs.

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  • Stormy

    Compact fluorescent bulbs emit light wave frequencies which are detrimental to your health; eyesight, brain function. LED bulbs are the future in lighting. They are cool, no pulsing light wave frequencies, keep the same brightness for years, and are dependable.

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  • It is I only

    Look we are living in a “democracy’ which has only one “RIGHT”. The right to be stupid! & lots of people take this right seriously e.g. Bob Maginnis.

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  • john

    OK retards, what type of light will you find in every office tower in every city on this planet. I will give you a hint: it was invented almost one hundred years ago and has been saving electricity ever since it was first put in service. That’s right!! They’re called Fluorescent lights. In fact, fluorescent tubes are the larger cousins to CFL’s (Compact FLUORESCENT Light), which, BTW, are manufactured using far less mercury than the original tubes of yesterday.

    No fluorescent tube ever emits anything except light and a bit of EMI. If it did, it would not function as a light source. After all, it is the gas sealed within which, when exited, glows and gives us light. No mercury is emitted from the tube unless it is broken which very seldom happens does it?

    So, are you planning to change out every tube in every office tower in every city? ’cause that’s where this discussion (if we can really call it that) is headed. Get some brain cells and stop jumping to the WRONG conclusions before you use them (brain cells, that is).

    P.S. Have any of ANY idea of the laundry list of some of the most toxic chemicals known to man are used in the manufacture of semiconductors (That’s right. LEDs are semiconductors.) Go ahead research it!

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  • Well John you have got one thing right. There are a lot of fluorescent lights out there and yes the idea is to change them all for a far more energy efficient lighting system.
    Keep up to date!
    Philips has recently announced a 200lm per watt! led that is 5 times more efficient than your 100year old invention (fluorescent lighting) and 16 times more efficient than the previous one of incandescent lighting.
    I have to agree that SSL’s are made from semi conductors but it is far easier to recycle something if it remains intact even when broken.
    After 40 years working as an electrician I know that there are millions of fluorescent tubes that get broken and end up in landfill.
    Lets try and keep the planet a little cleaner, recycling is the answer and progress is pointing in the direction of sustainability.
    There are so many toxic chemicals out there so lets make a start somewhere.
    There are so many toxic chemicals out there so lets make a start somewhere.
    You obviously use the internet so have explored technology.

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    • john

      2ticstrading,
      A voice of reason in the wilderness. First, I apologize for my use of certain adjectives, but I get very frustrated when I hear people simply parrot what they hear spoken by some “authority figure” (Al Gore?) without even bothering to do the most basic research for themselves. Please engage brain first then open mouth!

      As to the CFL debate, I was simply trying to point out that we have been using the same technology for many, many years. CFLs present no new hazards that weren’t already present before their introduction. I, in fact, use them exclusively in my own home and have since they became affordable (Costco is your friend!). I feel confident in saying that during the time I have used them, I have reduced the burning of coal by several pounds; and we should all know how many pollutants that produces.

      Yes, let’s continue to improve! But, before jumping too quickly on the band wagon, let’s make sure it IS an improvement

      On a side note, I recently had someone (an electrician) point out to me that, yes, incandescent bulbs generate a great deal of heat in order to produce light, but if they are used in homes where extra heat is needed during winter then there is no real efficiency lost in using them. Electric heating is 100% efficient. Watts in = watts out, no?

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  • Oh Boy! School officials should look overhead and compare the high mercury florescent tubes that been lighting class rooms hallways offices for over hundred years.what should worry–these CFL units are a fire hazard if not enclosed and operating life span is many times in months. 5 stars out of 5—run for your lifes- duck cover and hide :^(

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