CFL, compact fluorescent light, bulbs are based on extremely old technology. Discovered over 100 years ago, fluorescent lights were made popular in the early 1900′s. Like the original century-old technology, fluorescent lighting today still contains mercury vapor, a toxic substance that emits light when electrified. While using less electricity than incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs are a serious hazard to the environment.

Recycling programs are controlled at the state level of legislation, and some states do not require proper disposal of CFLs at a recycling facility. Those that do require fluorescent tube and CFL recycling don’t recover all of the bulbs, which then go to public landfills. Once there, if broken (certainly?), they release toxic mercury vapor into the air and onto neighboring debris. Ultimately, rain can cause the mercury to leach into soil beneath landfills and into ground water supplies. Mercury is a known neurotoxin that’s unsafe. Exposure to mercury has been show to be harmful to developing fetuses and children.

LED lighting is a clear answer to this public health hazard – and LED light bulbs save even more electricity.