The Green Adventure

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Challenge #2: Safety and Dimmer update

For those of you who are jumping right into Challenge #2, I just want to provide you with a little update on safety and the use of CFLs with dimmers that were brought to my attention by some very well informed friends.

Safety First!
  • CFLs each contain a small amount of Mercury. So, don't throw them away in the trash. Recycle them with other household hazardous waste. http://www.io.com/~dstroup/mercury.html, http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2006/06/12/smell/
  • Also, keep CFLs away from children. If the bulbs are broken, the Mercury can be released. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can be most dangerous to young children or childbearing (or breastfeeding) mothers and their offspring.

Dimmers

2 Comments:

  • Jess: I think what you're doing is great, and in fact I'm forwarding your blog address to several people.

    We're looking into many of the same things you're looking into. But I have a problem--a trivial one, I guess, but a real one for me: I absolutely hate and despise CFL bulbs. Plus, I have seasonal affective disorder, and the light they emit is not full-spectrum light, which is what I need in the winter months. At least that's my impression. Am I wrong? My sister has these lights all over her house and I hate it--they overall effect is dim and it's like groping my way through a grocery store back room. --tracy thompson

    By Blogger tracy thompson, at 8:05 PM  

  • There are new models of CFLs on the market now. One example that is commonly available is the GE "daylight" compact florescent that may feel more light the lighting that you're used to. Warm and Cool spectrum CFLs also exist. Check out...
    a great resource on the details of buying CFLs including color/ brightness: http://www.healthgoods.com/education/healthy_home_information/Lighting/cfl_q_and_a.htm
    and, an online supplier of GE daylight CFLs:
    http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=340461

    By Blogger Jessica, at 1:40 PM  

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