Category Archives: CFLs & Health Issues

Research Report: Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting

Continuing on with the recent excellent additions to Howard Brandston’s website,, it links to an extensive study (alt link) by Rik Gheysens about mercury on fluorescent lighting, the preliminary report now being available, it will have a finalised version, … Continue reading

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A Mercurial Twist

    Washington Times Editorial January 27 2012 Obama’s Twisty Light Bulb Logic President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution.” Of course, no one is … Continue reading

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CFLs, Costly and Dangerous: Can Cause Fires, even Explosions

  Thank you to Light Bulb Choice for this! Their news post, in turn links to the Edmund Contoski authored document (pdf, from the Science & Public Policy Institute, alternative source link here).   Edited blog post copy: Compact Fluorescent … Continue reading

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Lamp Recycling Information

        Given our emphasis on CFL safe disposal and recycling: How does one find out more about it? As they say themselves on their website, lighting manufacturers, through their trade association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) developed … Continue reading

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“Poor CFL Recycling” delays Canada Bulb Ban

  As you may have heard, Canada has delayed their incandescent bulb ban or “phase out”. More about the decision can be read here. Meanwhile, the lack of recycling has emerged as a main reason for the delay…   (From … Continue reading

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Dumped CFLs declared an “Acute Crisis” by Minister in Europe

As earlier reported in December 2011 on the Freedom Light Bulb blog, and no doubt predictable for readers of this blog, it seems some politicians are actually waking up to the issues of dumped CFLs and mercury release… rather belatedly. … Continue reading

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Dim bulbs: Consequential failure

Here is an editorial from today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The fate of Americans making conventional incandescent light bulbs shows the “green” future touted as U.S. manufacturing’s salvation is yet another faulty government premise. Congress effectively outlawed incandescent bulbs as of 2014 … Continue reading

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CFL bulbs can burn down your house

The compact flourescent light bulbs that Washington is forcing you to use could burn down your house, unless you install a new wall switch for each bulb! So when you read about all the money these bulbs will “save” you, make … Continue reading

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Light bulb disposal expertise is on the rise in Congress

Congress has gone green, according to a story in USA Today.  The House of Representatives has switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Over 4,000 of these light bulbs have been installed in Senate buildings. So when we say your Senators … Continue reading

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How much would you pay to save the planet?

Waste Management Corporation’s “EarthMate” compact fluorescent light bulbs come in a postage-paid box so you can send them back for recycling after they’ve burned out. Included is a “Mercury VaporLok” container so that there will be no mercury spill if … Continue reading

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