Health dangers from compact light bulbs

<p>"It's always something." Roseanne R</p>

<p>1</a> broken bulb pushes contamination to 300 times EPA limits</p>

<p>I do not want to give up my GE soft white bulbs. There's no other bulb that's as good for reading, and in general I find the CFLs' quality of light sadly lacking. I plan to stockpile before 2014!</p>

<p>We've had discussions on our town forum about the problem of mercury release from the disposal of CFLs in the town's landfill.</p>

<p>The technological solution is LED lighting technology. LEDs are more efficient than CFLs but they cost much more. $50 to $75 for a light bulb. So a lot of cost reduction is needed.</p>

<p>We have a few LED flashlights and these will run 100 to 150 hours on a set of batteries.</p>

<p>Isn't Snopes great?</p>

<p></a> CFL Mercury Light Bulbs</p>

<p>Yes it is, but not particularly reassuring in this case. The rigamarole one has to go through when a bulb breaks is a bit daunting. And then having to turn off the heat or A/C and open the windows the next few times you vacuum? Who's going to remember to do that?</p>

<p>I wonder what a normal light bulb will sell for on eBay a year or so after they're outlawed?</p>

<p>I think that the incandescent light bulb manufacturers will continue to lobby to keep these viable. In the meantime, I'm hoping lighting technology continues to march forward.</p>

<p>Not to worry about CF's because EPA is not what it used to be. </p>

<p>I worry about the toilet.</p>