Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs have Mercury!?!
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Many folks don’t know it, but ALL Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs contain a small amount of mercury. And while using CFLs throughout the house can and does save a significant amount of money because they use less electricity and last longer, they are initially more costly than traditional incandescent bulbs. And yet, the overall cost difference is significant enough to warrant using CFLs over incandescents.
Make no mistake, mercury is a highly toxic element, though it remains useful in numerous industrial, medical and consumer applications and is safely used daily throughout the world. Yes, mercury is an element, and therefore found naturally in the environment, albeit in a solid form. You may recall that mercury is a silvery appearing, liquid metal. And as with anything – including making biscuits, or desserts – special handling is required, predominately for safety.
Safety, as you may have surmised, is the point of this post.
To that extent, I encourage you, the reader – for your benefit – to checkout this important information on the safe handling of broken CFLs.