Understanding CFLs Better

Understanding CFLs Better

Compact fluorescent lamps — CFLs — are in the news all the time now. Most of the time for the better, as with USA Today's special Earth Day spread announcing that the three top lightbulb makers (NEMA members GE, Osram Sylvania, and Philips) are introducing new CFLs that appear and act more like traditional incandescent bulbs. But sometimes with mixed reviews, like the recent MSNBC piece addressing CFL mercury concerns.

With conflicting information out there, NEMA decided to place a FAQ sheet about CFLs on its website. Visit the site and you'll learn that a typical CFL has 5 mg of mercury, barely enough to cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. And that reductions in mercury emissions from reduced power generation far outweigh mercury emissions from any type of lamp disposal activity. And that you can learn more about recycling bulbs at www.lamprecycle.org.

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