Dec 28, 2010

Mercury filled CFL bulbs hazard for babies and pregnant women

Energy-saving light bulbs are the center of a fresh health scare after researchers claimed they can release potentially harmful amounts of mercury when the bulbs break.

Levels of toxic vapor around smashed eco-bulbs were up to 20 times higher than the safe guideline limit for an indoor area, the study said.

It added that broken bulbs posed a potential health risk to pregnant women, babies and small children.

CFL's use much less energy but is the hazard worth it?

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