CFL Bulbs, How Toxic Are They?
The CFL Bulb
Are the CFL bulbs here to stay?
If you’re in love with your old style incandescent light bulbs, you may want to stock up on your supply while they last. We could see incandescent light bulbs taken off shelves as early as 2012 if this bill passes.
The CFL bulbs are suppose to have a positive effect on the environment, preventing less mercury and greenhouse gas emissions; however they are very difficult to recycle and the bulbs themselves contain mercury in them which has stirred up much controversy. Mercury is a neurotoxin which is unsafe particularly to children. Wendy Reed, manager of the EPA’s Energy Star Program stated back in 2007 that even though CFL bulbs contain mercury, using them contributes less mercury to the environment. She explained that this is so because CFL bulbs use less electricity, and big power plants are the biggest mercury emission contributors.
Whatever you do, don’t break a CFL bulb!
What happens when these bulbs run out or even worse- break! Most drive by recycling programs won’t pick them up and are illegal in most States to throw in the trash, which most do any way, and if a CFL bulb happens to break, you now have exposed neurotoxins in your home. Removal of this hazardous material can be very costly as some have shared spending close to $3,000.00 to have this mess cleaned up. Many people do want to recycle but when there is no easy way of recycling CFL light bulbs the majority will simply throw them in the trash. This then gets tossed into a garbage truck and will most likely break. When it arrives to the dump or transfer station, sanitation workers and environment are now exposed to the mercury. So are these CFL bulbs really improving the environment and are they putting us at even greater health risk?
CFL bulbs use less electricity, but are they worth it?
The CFL light bulb is said use less electricity, have a longer lifespan, save you money and emit fewer toxins to the earth, however is it worth the health risk and trouble of properly disposing of these bulbs, and should the government decide which light bulb is for you to put in your home? Many have claimed that CFL bulbs do not last as long as they say they will, and other health complaints are starting to come to the surface such as increased migraines to name one of many others linked to electrical pollutions which is said that these CFL bulb are big contributors to “dirty electricity”.
What do you think are CFL bulbs a good idea or not, should govt. have a say in this? Fill out the poll below and leave a comment at the end of this page, I am curious to know what others think about these CFL bulbs, and if we should do away completely with the traditional incandescent light bulb?