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Caution About Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) EDITED
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Caution About Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) EDITED

I've been hearing some very negative facts about the CFLs that are currently being pushed. I had an experience with one "burning out" that startled me. I went briefly into a little-used room in our home turning on the light. As I was working on a small task, I heard a crackling, szztzing, then a loud pop. I looked around to determine where all this activity was coming from, when I saw that smoke was coming from the light fixture where we had placed a CFL. There was also a marked pungent odor being emitted at the same time. After it cooled, we carefully took it out and replaced it with an incandescent light bulb.

Here is a link that tells more of the dangers of these lights. EDIT: Scroll down about 1/3rd of the page. I want nothing more to do with them.

I was particular disturbed that it cost one woman $2,000 to clean up a CFL (because of the mercury contamination) after she accidentally dropped it whereupon it shattered on a carpeted floor.


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