A fluorescent light bulb contains 5 mg of Hg… These concentrations are also well above regulatory limits for Hg in a general environment
Children breathe more air per kg of body weight than adults at rest and tend to be more physically active than adults. Therefore, mercury vapours, if present in indoor air, may be delivered to children at higher internal doses than to adults (Miller et al. 2002)
Miller MD, Marty MA, Arcus A, Brown J, Morry D, Sandy M. (2002) Differences between children and adults: implications for risk assessment at California EPA. Int J
Toxicol, 21:403-418 (review).
So we can rely on hundreds of millions of Americans to turn off their heat, evacuate a room and clean up clean up broken CFLs and spilled mercury according to government directions and not trash, but always recycle the bulbs, yet we cannot trust these same fully compliant rule followers to voluntarily choose the bulbs and reap the great energy savings the government says they’ll get?
Quality of life is important and quality of light is a factor.
Expensive compared to incandescent. When you bring down the price you lose color, dimming and longevity.
The mercury offset myth. CFL bulb advocates frequently
Just the facts
No government ban needed to transition to electric light from gas light, candle and oil lamps.