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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

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Megan Wickie

on 1 May 2013

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Transcript of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

How Can the Benefits
of Using CFLs be
Maximized? How Can the Costs
of Using CFLs be
Minimized? COMPACT FLUORESCENT
LIGHT BULBS Also known as CFLs -CFLs use 50%-80% less
energy than incandescents
-Lasts about 10 times as
long as incandescent bulbs
-Produces similar quality
light as regular bulbs
-CFLs use much less energy
than incandescent bulbs
-CFLs don't generate large
amounts of heat STEPS FOR CLEANING UP
A BROKEN BULB 1) Do not vacuum up the glass! Doing this could spread and vaporize the mercury.
2) Ventilate the room. Have all people and pets leave the room and then air it out by opening a window or door for 5-10 minutes to let in the fresh air.
3) Using stiff paper or cardboard, carefully scoop up the broken glass.
4) Use sticky tape to pick up smaller pieces. Place in a sealable plastic bag.
5) Wipe down the area with a damp paper towel, and put them in the bag.
6) Then remove rubber gloves and place in bag, seal it up and bring to a recycling facility. How to Handle the Disposal of a CFL Advantages and Disadvantages Disposal Parts of a CFL. . . All Fluorescent Lights contain small amounts of mercury in them. Most manufactures have agreed to reduce the amount of mercury contained in compact fluorescent lights (CFL) to 5 mg or less per bulb. The mercury is used to make the CFLs more energy efficient, though it can be very harmful if released into the environment. By putting CFLs in your trash bin at home, you are polluting and affecting the environment. Also, when a CFL breaks, the mercury vapours escape, thus polluting the environment. CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury in them. That meaning that you should handle and dispose of them correctly, as you do not want to be dumping toxins into your trash. To maximize their environmental benefit it is important that CFLs are recycled and do not end up in the landfill. Many large retailers such as the Home Depot have a collection box in their stores. Also frequent on and off cycling can increase the life of CFLs. -CFL bulbs contain a mixture of
gases and mercury in them
-CFLs cannot be disposed of in
landfills since mercury is toxic.
It can pollute both land and
water How to Dispose of a CFL Properly Even unbroken CFL bulbs should be disposed of properly.

1) Never throw burned out CFLs in ordinary waste. This is a sure way to contaminate the enviroment.
2) Collect burned out CFLs and take them to a recycling or a hazardous disposable waste facility.
3) Find a disposal place near you. The Disposal of a CFL In my opinion, I think the town should choose to go with the CFL bulb because the CFL uses much less energy than the incandescent bulb and is better for the environment. It also lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The CFL bulb does cost more however and contains mercury which can be very bad for the environment if dropped. If the town does dispose of the bulb properly than there will be no problems. The costs of CFLs can be
minimized by safely disposing
a CFL. What Should The Town Do?
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