Are CFL lamps ready for prime time?

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As we get closer to banning the use of incandescent lighting and mandating alternatives, such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp), more data is being made available that should be cause for untethered public debate — in consideration that some of the information we are currently reviewing could be credible. Most everyone, whether or not they really understand why, agree we need to remain diligent in finding reasonable ways to curb our energy consumption and reduce emissions. We get that. However, we also get the fact that government intrusion and manipulation generally makes a travesty of otherwise promising green energy technology, such as wind turbines and electric vehicles. As sustainable professionals we do understand and are confident we’ll get there — with technology that considers human health as well as the environment. It may be that CFLs are ready for prime time… maybe not.

Many consumers in the dark about CFL bulbs

We’ll be following this story as it progresses and update as necessary. In the event you are not aware, regardless which side of the argument you support, it would be beneficial to read the EPA recommendations on how to clean up broken CFL bulbs. The agency urges Americans to use CFLs, arguing their energy savings outweigh the potential health hazard. Well, isn’t that reassuring? If it concerned fish I would likely be more inclined to believe it, but after dealing with the EPA over the years, I find little comfort in their claim.

Although there are those who will tell you the same concerns and cautions hold true for standard fluorescent lamps, just tell them they are, somewhat, correct… but until now, you’ve had the choice NOT to use them!

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