CFL - Another conversation about health concerns:
Before we look at Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFL) as a viable alternative to incandescent, it is important to understand there is a lot of misinformation 'Out There'.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with a Scientist who raised the concern about mercury in fluorescent lamps.
This is not the first time this matter was raised.
This time - because of the caller's Profession - a little more documentation seemed to be warranted.
To put things into perspective, we found a very interesting website by the authorative National Research Council of Canada. (The link appears below)
Interestingly, a dental amalgum has 500 milligrams of Mercury - about 100 times more than that contained in a CFL. Wow! We can understand the concern about mercury - however, my friend did not have the full story. This is understandable because this information is not readily available....hence this little article.
NRCan further points out that the 1 MG of mercury would occupy the space of the point of a ball-point pen. Quite miniscule, really.
Carrying on, NRCAN points out that the energy saved by CFL's causes considerable reduction in the need to produce electricity ....and the resultant release (measured in Tonnes) of pollutants into the air such as: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - the most damaging greenhouse gas, Sulfur Dioxide - a principal component of acid rain, Nitrogen Oxides - percursor of both acid rain and smog.
Hopefully the NRCAN link will offer explanations you are seeking on other health-related matters.
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POWER$MART provides a simple comparison for two types of bulbs emitting the same amount of light and burning for four hours per day for 3 Years (4,380 hours).
You'll replace 6 incandescent bulbs during this period, while the compact fluorescent will have another 3.8 years of life remaining.
As a Facility Owner/Manager, can you visualize the savings possible if ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, ceiling fixtures in both common areas and apartments were converted?
If every household in the U.S. replaced just one bulb or fixture with an Energy Star qualified model, we could save more than 8 Billion kWh -- the equivalent of removing 1 Million cars from the road per year!
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Are Fluorescent Lamps Really More Efficient than Normal Light Bulbs?
Watch Out For This Hazard!
Halogen torchiere lamps have grown in popularity.
Although relatively inexpensive to purchase, they are very costly to operate - they are terribly inefficient.
Halogen bulbs in these fixtures operate at +660 degrees Fahrenheit!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns they can CAUSE FIRES.
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Compact Fluorescent Torchiere Floor Lamp