Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Hybrid Light Bulb Features Incandescent Bulb Shape but Still Requires Careful Handling and Proper Disposal

General Electric's new hybrid halogen-compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs look like a spiral frosted CFL light bulb snugly fit inside a clear glass bulb shaped like a typical incandescent light bulb. Another feature that will appeal to consumers is the light bulb’s capability to light up quicker than many traditional CFLs. When switched on, the hybrid bulb's halogen portion lights up within a half-second. Then once the CFL portion has warmed and brightened to full luminescence, the halogen portion turns itself off.

GE has also claimed that each hybrid bulb only contains one milligram of mercury, which is a significant difference compared to the four milligrams of mercury in the average CFL light bulb. However, less mercury does not indicate that consumers should neglect to handle fluorescent and CFL light bulbs with care. Furthermore, these bulbs need to be properly packaged and recycled when broken or burned out. Mercury-containing waste that isn’t properly recycled poses a serious environmental and health concern. Safe packaging reduces the threat of mercury vapor emitted from broken lamps.

Brad Buscher
Chairman and CEO
VaporLok Products LLC


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