Fluorescent Light Bulb Facts
Lamps, bulbs, ballasts, and tube portions of electric lighting devices can contain mercury.
Mercury is a toxic element that can be very harmful to human health and the environment if not managed properly. If a bulb breaks and mercury vapor is inhaled, or its contents seep into the carpet or other textiles, serious short and long-term health effects can take place.
Any bulb with the Hg (mercury) symbol should not be disposed of in the trash.
- These bulbs containing mercury should be reclaimed or recycled through an appropriate facility.
- The Fluorescent Bulb Reference Guide shows typical fluorescent and HID bulbs that contain mercury and the names often used for them.
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Why should I use fluorescent bulbs?
- Fluorescent bulbs save money
- Fluorescent bulbs last 5-10 times longer than regular (incandescent) light bulbs
- When handled properly, fluorescent bulbs are good for the environment because they are energy efficient--75% more efficient than regular light bulbs
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How do I dispose of my used fluorescent bulbs?
What do I do if a fluorescent light bulb breaks?