It’s a fact: light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are safer than compact flourescent lights (CFLs), and a recent article in a British newspaper makes the case-in-point. According to the article, hundreds of Chinese factory workers have been poisoned by the mercury used in CFLs.
As a part of the “green” movement, energy-efficient lighting is becoming vastly popular world-wide, and while CFLs do offer reduced energy consumption when compared with conventional incandescent bulbs, CFLs are turning out to be a dangerous alternative. In order to make CFL bulbs, a small amount of mercury is needed to create the chemical reaction that produces light. The article reports:
Tests on hundreds of employees have found dangerously high levels of mercury in their bodies and many have required hospital treatment, according to interviews with workers, doctors and local health officials in the cities of Foshan and Guangzhou.
The article continues, providing more detail concerning the troublesome stories and statistics for workers in China who are being adversely affected by this dangerous element. One startling statistic describes a man who was found to have nearly 150 times the accepted standard of mercury in his body.
Needless to say, it’s clear that LED lighting is the safer green alternative. Not only do LEDs boast longer life, brighter light, and greater energy efficiency, they pose no chemical threat or health risks because they contain no mercury and do not emit UV light. For LEDs, it’s an outright victory.
[pictured: CFL bulb]