Send Your Light Bulbs To Washington
All light bulbs have usage advantages. People should feel perfectly free to use and enjoy CFLs and LEDs along with incandescents.
But pushing the use of any bulb is wrong: And CFLs are being pushed on consumers, in energy saving campaigns, in CFL replacement programs, and lately also via regulations, as the only practical replacement alternative, which also happens to be more profitable for the light bulb manufacturers.
"Hey, you can still use energy efficient incandescents like Halogens, and LEDs that show such promise!!" Certainly - as said - all light bulbs have their advantages. But that does not make them worthy replacements.
Replacement Halogen and similar incandescents are still different from simple incandescents in light quality and other respects, apart from costing much more for marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or politicians like them much. No "Halogen replacement program" in any American state!
Besides: All known general service incandescents including touted Halogens will progressively be banned on the enacted EISA 45 lumen per W end regulation standard. That's right. The politicians don't tell you that. USA regulations including updates on repeal bills in local states (legislated Texas June 2011)
LEDs meanwhile have still greater differences, cost much more, and have particular development issues around brightness, omnidirectionality, and broad spectrum light quality.
That is why the replacement push is to use CFLs - as also seen in post-ban Europe. Unfortunately, whatever the CFL energy saving advantages, politicians also choose to hide, obfuscate, or ignore the disadvantages relating to this type of lighting.Therefore this blog seeks to highlight some of these issues, with appropriate references. Not least of which is the issue of CFL disposal:
Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash. It's easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.
Light Bulb Dangers
Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, which is a hazardous material. These light bulbs are so dangerous that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued instructions on what to do if they break. This is scary stuff! On the same page, you’ll see what the EPA says you should never do in case of a mercury spill. You should never use a vacuum cleaner, use a broom, pour mercury down a drain, or wash clothes contaminated with mercury. If you toss one of these light bulbs in the waste basket and it breaks, you can create a dangerous health risk for your family. Light bulbs in your trash end up in land fills, and the cumulative impact from the mercury in large numbers of these bulbs could be terrible damage to our planet’s fragile ecosystem. Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs can also expose you to serious legal liability. Please, don’t throw your deadly compact fluorescent light bulbs in the trash. It’s easy to dispose of them properly. Send your light bulbs to Washington. Isn’t your family’s health worth the small postage cost? Don’t you want to help save the planet from this environmental nightmare? You’ll sleep better at night knowing your deadly mercury-containing light bulbs are with the experts in our nation’s capital.