Benefits and Dangers of Compact Fluorescent Lighting


I've recently been looking at switching from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent ones. I know that the fluorescent last longer and are more energy efficient, but I noticed on a package of bulbs I bought recently a warning that they contain mercury. Do all such bulbs contain mercury? I'm suddenly wondering whether their potential danger to the environment outweighs their benefits...


These internet sites discuss Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) and give information on use, handling, and disposal of CFLs. Please click on the URLs below to see the sites. As you know, there is more information at: and please feel free to look further.

Please check with your city for information on how/where to dispose of hazardous household materials.

Thank you,

— Flo



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