Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are quickly gaining popularity. They save energy and money. But what about mercury levels in CFLs?
We receive this question a lot. Many of our customers are concerned about the future environmental impact of CFLs due to the mercury contained within the bulb. The cool burning illumination of a CFL is made possible by a trace amount (5 milligrams) of mercury, an amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. The mercury is contained within the ballast of the bulb, so it is enclosed and not emitted by using the bulb.
To increase the environmental benefit of CFLs, you should properly dispose and recycle the bulbs. We offer CFL recycling information as does any Home Depot store participating in our CFL Discount Program.
For more information on this topic, read Energy Star's fact sheet of frequently asked questions on CFLs and mercury as well as clean-up guidelines for broken CFLs.
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