Aside from the heinous and unflattering light they give off, the article below is the main reason I plan to stock up on regular light bulbs before they stop making them (that will be in 2012, thanks to your government, hard at work as usual).
I started putting the pertinent steps on how to dispose of broken compact flourescent light bulbs in bold, then just started laughing at how many more steps this will add to everyone’s already busy life. I especially like the part about how if one of these bulbs breaks on your carpet, you have to turn off the AC/heat before vacuuming that carpet, AND open a window and vacate the room for fifteen minutes (hello freezing Indiana winters!!!). Not just the first time you vacuum after the breakage occurs, or just for a week, or even just for a month. No, this is what you must do EVERY time you vacuum that carpet FOR LIFE!!!!!!!
So I guess the simpler thing to do once you break one of these light bulbs is just burn your house down and start over again.
Or, do what I plan to do and buy about 6,000 regular light bulbs while you still can!
Are Compact Flourescent Lamps Harmful For Your Family?
You are being encouraged to replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) because they are energy efficient, but are they harmful? The Environmental Protection Agency says that CFLs are safe to use; however, they do contain very small amounts of mercury that may be harmful if the bulb breaks and the mercury is exposed. So what can you do at home to reduce the risk?
Before cleaning-up the broken CFL have people and pets leave the room without walking through the area where the CFL broke on their way out; shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one; and open a window and leave the room yourself for at least 15 minutes.
When clean-up is on a hard surface carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag; use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder; wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wipe and place them in the glass jar or plastic bag; and do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
When clean-up is on a carpet or rug carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag; use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder; only after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken; and remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
When the clean-up is done you should dispose of the clean-up materials immediately by placing them outside your home in a trash container or outdoor protected area and wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up materials. Check with your local government to find out how to dispose of the broken bulb and clean-up material.
In the future when cleaning the carpet or rug shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system and open a window prior to vacuuming and keep the central heating/air conditioning system shut off and the window open for at least 15 minutes after vacuuming is completed.
For more information on CFLs visit http://www.epa.gov/bulbrecycli
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