Why you should never put a CFL in your home.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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This article lays out almost every argument ever over CFL's. I only use them outside and they suck. When the current ones expire, they will be replaced with LED's or Halogens.

A compact fluorescent light (CFL) on the ceiling burst and started a fire in a home in Hornell, N.Y. December 23, 2010.  "Those are the lights everybody's been telling us to use," said Joe Gerych, Steuben County Fire Inspector.  "It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over."  Fire Chief Mike Robbins said the blaze destroyed the room where the fire started and everything in it, and the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage.

October 5, 2010 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported: "Trisonic Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Recalled Due to Fire Hazard" because of four incidents.  It's official notice states: "Hazard: light bulb can overheat and catch fire." Link

Mercury concentration in the study room air often exceeds the...300 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) for some period of time, with short excursions over 25,000 ng/m3, sometimes over 50,000 ng/m3. Link

CFLs emit a high percentage of ultraviolet rays.  UV can damage oil paintings, acrylic paintings, photographs, upholstery fabrics, furniture, and flooring finishes. (Link Link Link Link)  It can not only fade the colors in upholstery fabrics but actually weaken the fibers.

Since an estimated 400 to 620 million CFLs are discarded annually, certainly a significant number of burned-out ones will accidentally be broken when handling and transporting them for disposal.

Only about 2 percent of CFLs are recycled.  The rest are disposed of improperly and end up in landfills, thus creating future environmental problems.  It is ironic that advocates of Big Government typically argue that free market solutions sacrifice long-term environmental interests for short term financial gains while government is farsighted.  But the CFLs the government is telling people to buy now for financial savings will result in mercury pollution turning up in landfills in future decades.  The cost of preventive measures now, or landfill clean-up measures later, are not included in tally of all the money and energy people are told will be saved by buying CFLs.
500 million mercury filled CFL's a year will cause long term mercury contamination. The Enviroweenies really fucked up on this one.
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