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Those Terrible Twisty Lightbulbs Are in The News Again. by The Elephant's Child

There are health hazards to twisty light bulbs. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which makes up part of a compact fluorescent light bulb. There has been a dramatic surge in demand for the CFL bulbs which has been set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years. In the U.S. the bulbs become compulsory in 2014. I explained some of the problems here.

The bulbs are all made in China. ( So much for not sending American jobs overseas). The increased demand has led to the reopening in China of mercury mines that have ruined the environment.

Courts, regulators, lawyers and Doctors in China are paying closer attention to the possible impact on public health in an industry that portrays itself as environmentally friendly, but depends entirely on toxic mercury.  All in the cause of preventing CO2 emissions that are of no moment to anyone but the IPCC climate model programmers.

There will be health hazards for members of Congress when the public discovers that they will have to replace most light fixtures in their homes, most lamps, and forego the brighter light of 3-way bulbs, dimmers, spots and any light not emitted by a twisty bulb.


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Comment by renaissanceguy

I love that the government is making rules that will pretty much bankrupt businesses that make children’s products because of incredibly small amounts of lead, meanwhile they are making other rules that allow mercury to be in lightbulbs.


Comment by james

Oh, but stop and think of the rest of the consequences. Have you been to a lighting store? How many of the fixtures there are enclosed–a lot! How many American businesses make elaborate fixtures? Chandeliers–out. Track lights — all the advances in lighting we’ve had in the last, what, 50 years? All to save energy in the belief that by doing so they are emitting less CO2, which is a bad goal.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Improper disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs is very dangerous to your family and to the environment. In some states, it is illegal to put these light bulbs in your trash.

It’s easy to dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. Just send them to your Senator or Congressman in Washington. Or send them to the EPA.

You can find your Senator’s mailing address here:

You can find your Congressman’s mailing address here:

Or send your used light bulbs to EPA headquarters in Washington:
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Isn’t your family’s health worth the small postage cost? Don’t you want to help save the planet from this environmental nightmare? You’ll sleep better at night knowing your deadly mercury-containing light bulbs are with the experts in our nation’s capital. Send your light bulbs to Washington!


Comment by dju316

These funky light bulbs are all twisty, meant to replace the proper bulbs in your lamps. These curvy lights are called CFL’s, this stands for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs. They save energy. Lots of people are trying to encourage others to use them as a conservation measure.


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