[Greenbuilding] Broken CFL Bulbs

Benjamin Pratt benjamin.g.pratt at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 10:28:24 PST 2013


G:
sorry, I think my sense of humour has suffered after a difficult week!
Ben

On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM, Gennaro Brooks-Church - Eco Brooklyn
<info at ecobrooklyn.com> wrote:
> Ben,
> I was actually joking around. I do take possible exposure seriously.
> But I do feel the mercury in bulbs are a much better option than say using
> more energy.
>
> Gennaro Brooks-Church
> Director, Eco Brooklyn Inc.
> Cell: 1 347 244 3016 USA
> www.EcoBrooklyn.com
> 22 2nd St; Brooklyn, NY 11231
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Benjamin Pratt <benjamin.g.pratt at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Gennaro--
>> just because you have not noticed any health effects from exposure, it
>> does not mean it id not harming you or others around you. The effects
>> could take years to manifest themselves, and may be attributed to
>> other things.
>>   I would strongly encourage you to look at the science, and not
>> anecdotal evidence, and for your sake, refrain from  breaking
>> fluorescent lights.
>> Ben
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM, Michael O'Brien <obrien at hevanet.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi, Eli--
>> >
>> > Your wife is right to be concerned about mercury. However, if your
>> > electricity is being generated by a coal-fired power plant, it is
>> > putting
>> > more mercury into the atmosphere than the broken bulb. I mean, the
>> > amount of
>> > mercury in the bulb is only a fraction of the mercury that the bulb's
>> > electricity use creates. It's just more immediately obvious when the
>> > source
>> > is at your feet.
>> >
>> > In our house we use a mix of CFLs and halogens. The halogens are 20W
>> > floods
>> > on tracks that run off a common 600W transformer, which makes the
>> > individual
>> > fixtures inexpensive. We like the brighter, contrastier light for some
>> > functions, like reading or working at the dining room table. At 20W each
>> > the
>> > power consumption is not horrible.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> >
>> > Mike O'Brien
>> >
>> > Mike O'Brien Photography
>> > mikeoregon.zenfolio.com
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > On Feb 22, 2013, at 8:07 AM, Eli Talking wrote:
>> >
>> > We have been encouraged to use CFL bulbs to save energy which reduces
>> > pollution from the reduced production of power that it would take to
>> > feed
>> > that same amount of light of incandescent bulbs.  However, the mercury
>> > contained within is an environmental threat.  I felt incomplete when
>> > there
>> > was no way to dispose of burnt out bulbs until Lowe’s starting taking
>> > them
>> > locally.  However, how should we clean up the inevitable breakage in the
>> > home.
>> >
>> > http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl
>> >
>> > describes the EPA’s answer to that.
>> >
>> > My wife has picked up on this threat and has insisted we return to the
>> > inefficient incandescent.
>> >
>> > Thoughts are appreciated on the response to the threat of broken cfl
>> > bulbs.
>> >
>> > Are LED lights ready to replace the common side lamps?
>> >
>> > Eli
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>>
>> b e n j a m i n p r a t t
>>
>> professor art+design
>> the university of wisconsin stout
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