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ERIC Number: EJ824856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
How "Bright" is it to Use CFLs? A Look at the Controversy
Miller, Roxanne Greitz
Science Scope, v32 n4 p54-57 Dec 2008
Commonly referred to as CFLs, compact fluorescent light bulbs are rapidly replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs for residential use. However, controversy and even comic parody have arisen surrounding CFL use. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury, and several public forums and news agencies have been announcing that the breakage of a CFL in one's home may result in exposure to dangerously high mercury levels that can cause serious physical side effects. The purpose of this article is to introduce the basics of how incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs work, explain why the switch to CFLs is being promoted, and summarize the potential hazards of CFL use for the residential consumer. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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