April 12, 2011 @ 03:18 AM - Filed under Green Design | Lighting
Compact Fluorescent BulbsI recently read an online article about lighting that I found quite illuminating (pun intended).
With the current focus on phasing out incandescent lighting, on increased use of compact fluorescent lighting (CFL), and on new technologies like LED’s (light emitting diodes), the lighting field is changing at a very rapid pace, and it’s important for designers and consumers to keep up with the latest trends and technologies.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandated the phasing out of incandescent lighting beginning in January, 2012. This chart illustrates phase-out dates and compares replacement options such as CFLs, halogen bulbs and LED’s.
With the shift from incandescent lighting to CFLs, questions about the mercury in CFLs abound. Here is a comprehensive look at compact fluorescents and mercury. Some of these facts may surprise you - they certainly surprised me!
Wishful thinking, but let’s hope someone comes up with a mercury-free, toxin-free every day household bulb that provides great lighting!


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