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The danger of new 'green' light bulbs (Can the ban be lifted now - for the children?)
Colorado Connection ^ | 11/04/10 | Abbie Burke

Posted on 11/05/2010 8:56:12 AM PDT by Libloather

The danger of new 'green' light bulbs
by Abbie Burke
Posted: 11.04.2010 at 2:20 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- They burn brighter, longer, and use less energy. But the squiggly looking light bulbs known as CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) light up using mercury, a potentially dangerous element.

Switching out old light bulbs to the new CFLs is one of the easiest ways to go green. But what is done with the CFLs after they burn out is perhaps even more important for the environment.

"You don't want that mercury ending up in the landfill, which could then end up getting into the ground and into the ground water," said Melodee Gordon, conservation specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exposure to mercury can cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and lungs.

When put into a landfill the EPA says mercury can potentially find its way into streams and lakes, where fish and shellfish can change it into methyl mercury, a highly toxic form, which can then be ingested by humans.

So what should be done with mercury containing CFLs?

(Excerpt) Read more at coloradoconnection.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ban; bulbs; green; light
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To: Salamander
I’ve got a ‘water saving’ toilet.

So do I.

Three of them, in fact. Also a good well.

Guess what? I've never had to flush twice, even to dispose of the biggest "load".

51 posted on 11/05/2010 10:46:32 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Salamander; balls
Drinking LOTS of straight, unsweetened green tea, eating the disgusting herb cilantro, *lots* of magnesium supplements, “sweating it out” [very miserable experience] and hydrating yourself silly.

I dropped mine 2 points in a month using just those things.

The hard part is maintaining a consistent, constant flushing...if you get it “moving” and then lapse with the herbal jazz, [because you “forgot”] it just redeposits elsewhere.

If your're talking about mercury poisoning, why not get your doctor to prescribe chemet? 14 days and done.

52 posted on 11/05/2010 11:00:46 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: Vor Lady

I don’t have grand children but I do have a young child and plenty of pets. I’m not too old but I AM a butterfingers at times. ;) lol
It honestly has never been a problem for us. Watch me now that I’ve said that, I’ll end up breaking a few. ;D


53 posted on 11/05/2010 11:04:36 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (We aren't going to agree on everything.)
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To: lula

As kids, we loved broken thermometers, and would take the tiny beads and rub them into nickels to make them shiny. Who knows what evil lurks that my docs haven’t discovered as yet.

OTOH, I hate the flourescent bulbs I had to put in my kitchen when we remodeled, can’t dim them, don’t like the light, etc. And I can’t put anything else in that I know of since they have a slotted base, I think, rather than being interchangeable with a screw in bulb. Don’t like them at all.


54 posted on 11/05/2010 11:12:18 AM PDT by Mjaye
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To: OneRatToGo

Oh, I agree with that, that they shouldn’t be FORCING us to use them, that’s not cool. As adults I think we should be able to make our own decisions. You’re right on the money. :)


55 posted on 11/05/2010 11:13:31 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (We aren't going to agree on everything.)
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To: oh8eleven

I have already asked you privately - please stop sending mail to my inbox. I have deleted what you have sent without reading.
I’m asking you nicely to stop contacting me. Thank you.


56 posted on 11/05/2010 11:19:49 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (We aren't going to agree on everything.)
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To: Libloather

I hoard the good ones as well. I also complain EVERY TIME I am in a hotel that uses them. “Too dark, Cant see” “Bad lights, never lit up” Yes, every single time I make a complaint. They are also fun to unscrew just enough to make people think they dont work when you hit the switch. lol

I can see the libs pushing next for it to be a FELONY to throw them out in the trash, and require mandatory recycling with tracking from purchase to disposal. Thats about all they do, make life miserable.


57 posted on 11/05/2010 11:26:01 AM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: ThePatrioticArtist
stop sending mail to my inbox.
Let me correct you again Sayward - it was YOU who emailed me and I responded via same.
Take your twisties, your electric bill and your hard cheese and ..................... go back to DU, you feckin' troll.
58 posted on 11/05/2010 11:26:05 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: lula
During the 1930s it was found that workers exposure to radium by handling luminescent paints caused serious health effects which included sores, anemia and bone cancer. This use of radium was stopped soon afterward. This is because radium is treated as calcium by the body, and deposited in the bones, where radioactivity degrades marrow, and can mutate bone cells. The litigation and ultimate deaths of five "Radium Girl" employees who had used radium-based luminous paints on the dials of watches and clocks had a significant impact on the formulation of occupational disease labor law.

What this article didn't mention is that these ladies thought painting their teeth and lips with the paint was cool and fun. There was a pictoral article with the photos they did, but I can't find it. Just because we played with mercury in school, doesn't mean it didn't/hasn't hurt us. We all die, but we can choose not to participate in things that will give us a painful death.

59 posted on 11/05/2010 11:38:34 AM PDT by Vor Lady
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To: Libloather
“...They burn brighter, longer, and use less energy...”

I don't know about using less energy, but my experience is that they do not burn brighter and burn out at a much higher rate than the incandescent ones. Plus when they break they expose anyone in the area to a hazardous material - perhaps we'll soon have a regulation to call a hazmat team to clean up broken “green” bulbs.

We have returned 100% to the old fashioned bulbs.

60 posted on 11/05/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Libloather
“...They burn brighter, longer, and use less energy...”

I don't know about using less energy, but my experience is that they do not burn brighter and burn out at a much higher rate than the incandescent ones. Plus when they break they expose anyone in the area to a hazardous material - perhaps we'll soon have a regulation to call a hazmat team to clean up broken “green” bulbs.

We have returned 100% to the old fashioned bulbs.

61 posted on 11/05/2010 11:41:07 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Libloather

Dump them in algore’s yard.


62 posted on 11/05/2010 11:42:56 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: elpadre
I don't know about using less energy, but my experience is that they do not burn brighter and burn out at a much higher rate than the incandescent ones.

This has been my experience, too. They burn out quickly. And the color of the light sux.

63 posted on 11/05/2010 11:50:31 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: oh8eleven

Reported again, and, I don’t even know what DU is, but, I’d like to reiterate I’m not a troll, and, FYI, I’m staying right here, buddy. :D


64 posted on 11/05/2010 11:58:20 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (:D)
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To: ThePatrioticArtist

I bought the neodymium CFLs... bright clear light. And I can’t say the shape bothers me since I leave the lights on... no sense turning them on and off with the shorter daylight hours.


65 posted on 11/06/2010 2:11:12 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

I use to play with mercury when I was a kid. Rub some on a dime and it would really shine it up.


66 posted on 11/06/2010 7:19:15 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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