08 May '12, 2pm

How Much Incandescent Bulbs Really Cost: Filed under: Energy News

“CFL’s and LED’s DO NOT necessarily last ten years or even ten months.” Weasel words. What is their actual average lifespan? As with everything, there’s a probability curve. There are also bulbs that last much longer than the average. Certainly if you buy cheap, low-end stuff you’re bound to have more early failures. “Also, there are about 4 billion bulbs in the US. that is 4 billion potential sources of mercury contamination.” Potential ≠ actual. How many CFL bulbs actually get broken? How much of that mercury actually ends up in the environment? “It is not trivia. A tiny amount of mercury can ruin your brain/nervous system.” It’s certainly trivial compared to the amount spewed out by coal-burning power plants. reducing the need for coal will remove far more mercury from the environment than CFL’s add, even accounting for a percentage that get broken or not not recycled p...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/08/how-much-incandescent...

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