In an effort to increase energy efficiency, the incandescent light bulb invented by Thomas Edison will soon be a distant memory. According to the US energy bill, these bulbs will be phased out by 2014 because they are far less efficient than than the newer LED or CFL bulbs. And yes, CFL bulbs might last longer, but because they each contain a small amount of mercury, disposing of these bulbs is tricky and earth-friendly disposal methods are not in place yet. This quote from Worldnetdaily.com is a little scary:
While CFLs arguably use less energy and last longer than incandescents, there is one serious environmental drawback – the presence of small amounts of highly toxic mercury in each and every bulb. This poses problems for consumers when breakage occurs and for disposal when bulbs eventually do burn out.
Most consumers, even those already using the CFLs, do not realize the long-term dangers the bulbs pose to the environment and the health of human beings.
What are your thoughts?