Posts Tagged ‘CFLs’

Europe Bans The Incandescent Bulb

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Well, it’s officially begun. “Green” isn’t just a trend anymore, now it’s the law. It started on the first of the month, when the European Union (EU) banned the sale of incandescent light bulbs. From now on, consumers will have to choose between two more energy-efficient lights — the compact fluorescent (CFL) and the light-emitting diode (LED).

In addition to energy savings of 80 percent or more, the EU also cites a number of other reasons for making the switch. For instance, as a result of reduced energy consumption, consumers will notice immediate financial benefits (after an initial investment). Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decrease. And while CFLs in particular use mercury in order to function, the EU states using more of the lights will actually reduce mercury emissions — go figure.

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Fact: LEDs safer than CFLs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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: (more…)