LED light bulb manufacturers strive for 100-watt threshhold

Posted: May 17, 2011 10:37 am in Uncategorized

Thank God! I really, really detest CFL light-bulbs. They give off a nauseating light and recommend HazMat (see reference below)procedures if you ever break one(seriously, look it up). Osram Sylvania recently displayed a working prototype of an LED bulb that gives off 1,500 lumens–as much light as a 100 watt incandescent–and only consumes 14 watts! (that’s about half the power that CFL bulbs use) The LED bulbs also have an average life expectancy of 25000 hours(CFL:7500 hours, Incandescent bulbs: 750 hours)
Source:  CNet

Update – Don’t just take my word for it:

Official EPA instructions on how to clean up after a CFL bulb breaks

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapor. The broken bulb can continue to release mercury vapor until it is cleaned up and removed from the residence. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow the cleanup and disposal steps described below.

This page presents only the most important steps to reduce exposure to mercury vapor from a broken bulb.

► View the detailed recommendations.

► Download and print a three-page PDF version of this overview and the detailed recommendations (91K, about PDF) | en español (30K, about PDF)

  1. Before cleanup 
    • Have people and pets leave the room.
    • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
    • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
    • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb.
  1. During cleanup
    • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
    • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
  1. After cleanup
    • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
    • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

Source: EPA’s official website 

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