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    Heh, I've broken a few CFLs in my house...at least one that I know of on my carpet just a foot from me...

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    Ben.............please evacuate your house immediatly.....the guys in the hazmat suits are on their way.............please place your head between your knees and kiss your butt good bye till they arrive
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    So do CFLs have more or less mercury than fluorescent tubes?

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    i use CFLs i like them but one thing has happened and its the only problem. i bought a lamp fixture not unlike any other and it keeps burning new bulbs within a few weeks. the other fixture is perfect no flaws. but the other... anywho ill be getting rid of them for a bit.
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    Don't forget you can't use a dimmer switch with fluorescents. That isn't an issue for regular tubes, but I bet plenty of people put CFLs in fixtures having a dimmer. Maybe that's causing the short life span problem.
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    flourecents have way more mercury, not too mention they're unsafe. I can't belive people are falling for this garbage. don't get me wrong, I love the enviroment but that doesn't mean we can destroy ourselves in the meantime!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler_mt View Post
    Ben.............please evacuate your house immediatly.....the guys in the hazmat suits are on their way.............please place your head between your knees and kiss your butt good bye till they arrive
    Should I seriously be worried about this? I told my dad about the broken bulb, but he thought nothing of it. This happened several months ago, almost a year maybe.

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    LED Lights. They're not too bad, and getting better. Some problems with limited frequencies and prics (last I checked.)

    Fact sheet about mercury and CFLs. Still, I can see the point: at least all of the mercury from the power plant isn't SITTING ON MY BEDROOM FLOOR.

    Still, it's important to keep things in perspective in a localized manner. Old flourescent tubes had, what, 10-100 times the amount of mercury than modern CFLs. Anyone else not hearing horror stories about those?

    The larger problem yet may come when more people start using CFLs and need to dispose old ones. More and more CFL disposal programs are being started, but who knows how many will end up in landfills?
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