Archive for April, 2010

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

CFL’s – What’s Their “Dirty” Secret? (Part 2)

Continuing on from my last post.

Safer Alternatives To using CFL's

In Part 1 of this article I attempted to present a broader understanding of evidence relating to the negative impact that Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) are having upon our health and the environment.

There is one part of the rationale used by the movement supporting the use of CFL’s, that I did not mention in Part 1. The logic is as follows. Greater lamp efficiency => less energy needed => less fossil fuels used => less mercury containing pollutants released into the atmosphere.

I don’t know who did the calculations on this one, but it seems to me that if there are devices already in existence that are MORE efficient than CFL’s AND also mercury free, then we should focus more in that direction; even if that alternative currently costs more.

What do YOU think? .. Maybe I’m missing something here. Please post a comment to enlighten me if you’ve found something that addresses this.

So, am I inferring that there ARE energy efficient, safer alternatives to CFL’s? YES INDEED; in fact, to me, it provides a much more attractive solution to the issue of lowering energy consumption and reducing polluting emissions. 

                  What Are Safe Alternatives to CFL Bulbs? 

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

CFL’s – What’s Their “Dirty” Secret? (Part 1)

Amidst noticeable controversy, governments around the world have declared that the days of the incandescent bulb are numbered. Here in Australia the "icon" of household lighting has essentially disappeared from the shelves already.The Incandescent Light Bulb - The "Villan"?

Other countries planning scheduled phase-outs in the next two to four years, include Argentina, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and the United States.

Logical vs Sensible

The current "global warming" hysteria seems to be racing in one direction like a bull at a gate. In response, some “solutions” are being written into law that leave me scratching my head as to their logic.

Take the whole issue around finding more energy-efficient alternatives to lighting, for example. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) are leading the pack as the preferred “green” alternative.

Did you know that these CFLs contain toxic mercury and that, when disposed of, they contaminate landfills and the environment? But that’s not all. There’s even more issues that make them hazardous to your health just by using them.