In tonight’s broadcast, NBC Nightly News had a segment on the popular compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, used in many homes and offices these days. These lights have been sold as the best light bulb option because they are widely-considered to use 50% less energy than an incandescent bulb, thereby being more environmentally friendly. However, as Coast LED Knife Blog readers know, these bulbs do in fact pose an environmental risk.
The technology in these incandescent bulbs utilizes mercury which has been shown to cause kidney and brain damage. Though only small amounts of the neurotoxin are in any one bulb, it is still enough to contaminate large amounts of drinking water if exposed. The segment included an interview with a woman who called poison control when she dropped one of her CFLs. She was told that clean-up would be possible, for a fee of $2000.
My smart, educated readers – we know that LEDs are the better solution for energy efficiency and environmental conscientiousness. LEDs do not contain mercury and in fact are much more difficult to break because of their smaller than average size. Better energy savings, longer-lasting life potential is possible with LEDs – without mercury.
You can get instructions from the EPA on how to clean up a broken CFL on the NBC News web site.