Minimizing Mercury in CFLs

cfl with less mercury

The lighting company, Sylvania, has developed a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) that uses a fraction of the mercury of typical CFLs. While CFLs hold many efficient benefits to lighting, the news have covered quite a deal of how CFLs could be potentially bad if they are not recycled properly.

The bulbs produced by Sylvania only contain 1.5 milligrams of mercury, opposed to the 5 milligrams most CFLs contain, according to Stephanie Anderson, Sylvania’s chief corporate spokesperson. They are able to use less because the mercury is encased in a metal sphere rather than in its natural liquid state. Sylvania’s 60-watt CFL bulb only consume 13 watts which matches their reduced bulb size, which is smaller than the usual CFL.


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