Tree Hugger Delima
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By etrigan - Last updated: Sunday, March 14, 2004 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

So, moving into the new digs in Mystic, and I find the following quandry:

I can get mini-fluorescent light bulbs. Use about 1/4 the energy for a given level of light, and last about 5x longer than regular bulbs, for about 2x the price.

However, they contain mercury, which is toxic when the bulb finally burns out and I send it to the landfill.

What to do?


(I went ahead and got the fluorescent bulbs. My guess is that the amount of mercury they contain is small compared to the amount released by the extra coal burned to power traditional bulbs. ‘Cept most of my ‘lectricty comes from that there nuke plant on down the coast.)

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2 Responses to “Tree Hugger Delima”

Comment from etrigan
Time March 15, 2004 at 10:51 am

My dilema revolved around my aversion to flourescent lighting. I resolved to use incandescent bulbs in my single-bulb fixtures, but the multi-bulb fixtures (which get the most use in my house anyway) have 1 incandescent bulb and the rest are flourescent.

Comment from KMc
Time March 15, 2004 at 11:13 am

You could also hoard all your spent bulbs and pass them down to your children and their children until the day when science invents a way to cleanly and economically reclaim the mercury.

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