Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lights out for Thomas Edison

Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
"Although touted by many as the smart energy choice, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not suitable for many common uses and should not be required by the government, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The Environmental Protection Agency states that CFLs will reduce energy use and will last longer than standard bulbs. The NCPA analysis, co-authored by Amanda Berg, concludes that despite manufacturer claims, many CFLs don’t come close to lasting the 10,000 hours they are supposed to last. In addition, such bulbs aren’t effective in areas where lighting is only briefly needed, such as closets or bathrooms. CFLs also contain potentially toxic mercury. Thus, the report says, CFL disposal and breakage presents numerous health and environmental concerns."