The Hazards of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs and Proper Disposal Methods

May 27, 2012

Energy Efficient Light BulbsEnergy saving light bulbs are old news when it comes to the cutting edge developments in the home energy efficiency. Many homes utilize these bulbs that are much more efficient compared to ordinary bulbs when it comes to power consumption as they save Chicago homeowners on electricity bills.

However, there are safety and health concerns conceding energy saving light bulbs. WesTrac has issued a bulletin listing the dangers associated with low-energy bulbs. These possible health hazards include:

  • If a low-energy bulbs breaks, leave the room for at least 15 minutes because the bulbs contain mercury, which is poisonous and contributes to migraines, disorientation, imbalances and other health problems when inhaled.
  • By just touching a broken bulb,  people with allergies, skin condition and other diseases can be strongly effected.
  • Refrain from cleaning broken bulb pieces with a vacuum cleaner as this will only spread the contamination to other rooms of your home when using the vacuum again.

The proper way to dispose of broken low-energy bulbs is to clean the pieces with a normal brush or broom, place the debris in a sealed bag and dispose of it right away in a hazardous material bin such as municipal  recycling bin for batteries or a council dump where the debris can be disposed of safely. Be very careful not to inhale the dust form the broken bulb.

According to David Barry , founder Shorewood-based Smartwire,  a safe alternatives to low-energy bulbs is using smart dimmers with dimmable L.E.D.

So the next time a low-energy bulb in your home breaks, do not do anything that could cause serious harm to your family and dispose of the poisonous debris properly to ensure your safety.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.