Mercury in Fluorescent Bulbs Nonthreatening
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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 2:56 PM by Morgan Frances – MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 7:14 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI – These days there are so many light bulbs to choose from, it’s hard to decide what watt you need. Now, however, with the U.S. phasing out the standard, incandescent bulbs, consumers aren’t left with much of an option. The cheapest and most energy efficient ones on the market are CFLs or “Compact Fluorescent Lights.”

The only problem is that they have mercury, which is causing concerns with customers.

“Sometimes when I say the CFL, they say, ‘Oh, no, I don’t want that. It’s got mercury in it.’ Then I have to go through the shpiel,” said B L Guess Lighting Co. Owner Chip Guess.

Guess says he has to go through the shpiel of comforting his customers that the mercury in CFL lights pose a dim threat.

“Ever since I’ve been a boy, there’s been the fluorescent bulb,” Guess said. “It’s had mercury in it. I don’t personally know of any bad situations with it.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has a laundry list of precautions one can take for avoiding injury while cleaning up a broken fluorescent light, some of which include having people and pets leave the room. It also recommends shutting off all central air prior to cleaning up a broken bulb. But is it all necessary? Or just overboard?

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