Tips for the Day: Lamp Packaging Do’s and Don’ts

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Taco Bell Beef & CFLs: High Costs of Filler Lamp Recycling

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National Beer Day and Lamp Recycling. Get on the Train of Thought…

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Health, green groups push for mercury warnings on CFL labels | Inquirer News

In a common letter sent to the Departments of Trade and Industry, Energy, and Environment and Natural Resources, EcoWaste Coalition and 17 other groups said these products must have “contains mercury” disclosures on their labels.“Consumers have the right to know that fluorescent lamps and other kinds of lamps contain mercury and should be handled with extreme caution, from the point of purchase to disposal, to avoid breakage and release of mercury vapor,” said Thony Dizon, coordinator of EcoWaste’s “Project Protect.”

Broken or crushed lamps may expose consumers and workers, including waste handlers and informal recyclers, to mercury, a potent neurotoxin that can negatively affect brain development in unborn and growing children, Dizon said.

Busted or spent mercury-added lamps are considered hazardous waste under Republic Act 6969, the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act and classified as “special waste” under RA 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Based on a recent market monitoring conducted by EcoWaste, all 12 brands of CFLs that it bought from major supermarkets and hardware stores contain no mercury warning labels, and none provided information about the amount of mercury each product contains, the group said.

The 12 CFL products were Akari, Amarflex, Delta, Firefly, GE, Luxen, Omni, Osram, Panasonic, Philips, Sylvania and Toshiba.

The products may be deemed “mislabeled” under Article 91 of RA 7394 for “failing to provide mercury warning information and other pertinent facts,” the group said.

Under that law, a product containing hazardous substances is deemed mislabeled if it fails to state conspicuously the common name of the chemical contributing to its harmfulness and the signal word “warning” or “caution.”

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via Health, green groups push for mercury warnings on CFL labels | Inquirer News.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs: Consumers complain some CFLs burn out fast

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, were supposed to save us money. But a growing number of people are complaining that those energy savings are offset by the high cost of the bulbs, and the reality that they can fail long before they are supposed to. Bought Into the Hype Gene Zgoda, like many of us, bought into the CFL hype a few years ago.He installed the energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs in his kitchen ceiling light and bathroom vanity light.The bulbs, he had heard over and over again, save energy and last many years.Except they didnt.

Gene says he couldnt believe it: Some of his new expensive bulbs were burning out after less that 2 years.”They say they are going to last longer than old bulbs, and pay for themselves. They are pretty expensive. I think I paid $13 for some of them,” a frustrated Zgoda said.

Dirty Little Secret. Its the dirty little secret of CFLs, that cost between a dollar and $9 each these days.They can last up to 15,000 hours, 10 times the lifespan of a standard incandescent bulb. But manufacturers admit the bulbs life is much shorter, if it is turned on and off constantly, as in a kitchen.”If we left this on all the time,” Zgoda said, “it would be great, theyd last a long time. And then wed waste more electricity! So wheres the gain here?”The US Department of Energy now suggests not using CFLs if they are not going to be on at least 15 minutes, as in the bathroom.

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Sun is the original source of light

Sun is the original source of light which is essential for every living being. Artificial light is generated by converting electric energy, through the medium of electric lamps, specially designed for the purpose. The manufacture of electric lamps is taken up by companies that have reputation at national as well as international levels. For maintaining their reputation and brand identification, they insist upon procuring the required accessories of lamps from reputed manufacturers. There are such established manufacturers of quality products in India that include lead in wires and caps for lamps, bright annealed bare and plated wires made out of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Quality of the ancillary materials is of utmost importance for assuring the durability and dependability of the lamps. Therefore, these materials are required to be manufactured with the latest technology through plant and machineries procured from countries like the USA, Japan, Taiwan and Hungary that specialize in this area of manufacturing. Besides installation of the advanced plants and machineries, it is essential that the manufacturer of lead wire and annealed wires need to have ISO certification under ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. A certification of Green Category for quality adds to the credibility and reliability of the manufacturer. Besides, consistent maintenance of delivery schedules, safety and eco-friendly environment take the manufacturer to the top rating position.

via Sun is the original source of light.

China to Cut Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lamps

The mercury density of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will be reduced by 80 percent by 2015 in comparison to 2010, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Tuesday.

Mercury content will be cut to less than 1 mg in more than half of new CFLs, according to a plan drawn up jointly by the MIIT, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Further efforts will be made to cut mercury discharges that occur during the production process by 50 percent by 2014 in comparison to 2010, the plan said.

Engineers have successfully developed mini-watt CFLs with a mercury content of less than 0.5 mg, according to the MIIT.

The plan is part of greater efforts to cut energy consumption and make industrial design more environmentally friendly, the ministry said.

via China to Cut Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lamps.

New law requires Washington businesses to recycle all fluorescent lights – Mercer Island Reporter


Mercer Island Reporter Staff

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, all Washington businesses will be required by law to recycle their fluorescent light bulbs and tubes.

The law, RCW 70.275.080, was passed in 2010 with Section 8 becoming effective on New Years Day. It requires all persons, residents, government, commercial, industrial and retail facilities and office buildings to recycle mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes at the end of their life.

Nationwide, efforts to increase energy conservation and lower operating costs are increasing the use of fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps CFLs. The downside: each light contains a small amount of mercury that can be harmful to both humans and wildlife when disposed of incorrectly.  According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, about 680 million lights are disposed of annually, most at solid waste disposal facilities, including landfills and incinerators.

Under the new law, the most common types of lights that will need to be recycled include CFLs, fluorescent tubes and HID high-intensity discharge lights.

via New law requires Washington businesses to recycle all fluorescent lights – Mercer Island Reporter.

10 clever uses for burned-out light bulbs – Philadelphia News WTXF FOX 29

Im slowly making the switch over to energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps which last, I think, roughly 800 years, replacing each old incandescent bulb as it expires. Every time I remove an old bulb – the standard-sized ones in my overhead light fixtures, the big round globes that frame my bathroom mirror, the flat-faced extra-bright work lights, and on – I stuff them into the back of my closet. I cant throw them away. I just know Ill want them back some day!

Light bulbs are really pretty; iconic and curvaceous and aesthetically pleasing, I think. I knew I wanted to do some sort of project with my old burned-out bulbs, and so recently I went looking for inspiration. Here’s all the cool stuff I found:

1. Use a bulb as a bud vase. Remove the metal screw ring and the interior, fill with water, and add a flower. To get it to stand up, you just need a little round something to act as a base – the right sized jar lid, plastic cap, etc. The New York City handymen over at Apartment Therapy show you how.

2. You can also create hanging vases, by stripping the bulb as described above, filling it with water and a flower, and then suspending it by fishing line or wire.  These look adorable hanging all in a row, in a windowsill or even over a table.

 3. Are you familiar with air plants? They’re these amazing little organisms that seem to be quite popular these days, and they can survive without being planted. They just hang out and sit on whatever surface they’re placed on, and they look super cool suspended in hanging vases (as described above).

4. If you wrap standard brown twine around a standard-shaped light bulb, and then add a little stick at the tippy top, it looks just like a rustic pear. An adorable, artistic centerpiece.

5. Here’s a timely tip: Old light bulb. Spray glue. Doused in glitter. BOOM. Christmas ornament. This would be a fun family craft for Christmas Eve.

6. You can turn a bigger bulb into a teeny tiny tabletop terrarium. Just remove the metal screw ring and insides, then fill the bulb with moss, pebbles, and mini pinecones. Or make a beach-y version with sand and little sea shells.

7. It’s very easy to turn a light bulb into an oil lamp (and quite apropos, I’d say). The Internet is full of tutorials ( so don’t bug your local electrician to teach you how, OK?).

8. Dude, you can make a “ship in a bott- er, light bulb“! Love this.

9. If you have a bunch of matching bulbs, you can use them in the kitchen. Carefully remove the metal screw ring and the insides, but hold onto the screw ring – that will be your “cap”. Now, thoroughly wash and dry the bulbs. Then you can fill them with all your bulk-bought spices for display. “Cap” them and keep them in a pretty plastic (or ceramic) egg holder.

10. Or, you could turn them into salt and pepper shakers, like this guy did.

Got any other fun ideas for using old light bulbs? Please share in the comments below!

Sayward Rebhal writes for

via 10 clever uses for burned-out light bulbs – Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29.

CFL Cancer Scare Debunked » Electric Co-op Today

If the story appeared in a supermarket tabloid you’d probably chuckle, shake your head, and then pay for your groceries. But when stories about compact fluorescent bulbs posing health risks turn up in Scientific American, you have to take notice.

Not to worry, says NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network. But electric cooperatives will want to be aware of what’s going on, because some members are asking questions.

“About a year and a half ago, there were some reports in the European media that CFLs cause cancer and there was a university study. It was picked up by a lot of reputable media outlets in Europe and the United States,” said Brian Sloboda, CRN senior program manager.

“And then one day, a reporter called the university to interview the researcher. And the researcher said he had no clue because he’d never done any work like that. It was a total fabrication,” Sloboda explained.

Fast forward to July of this year, when Scientific American and others picked up on research conducted at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Sloboda said some co-ops received calls from members asking about this story, which suggested the university found some correlation between skin cells in a Petri dish and ultraviolet radiation emitted by some CFLs.

“The details are different,” said Sloboda, who took a closer look. “The simple answer is that there is, for most people, not too much to be concerned with.”

For starters, some of the cells used in the SUNY study are not normally exposed to sunlight. So it’s worth looking at research by others, including the Food and Drug Administration.

That found that while CFLs do produce UV light, it is a small amount “equivalent to just being outside in the sunlight for a minute or two,” Sloboda said. “So it doesn’t cause direct damage.”

The only eyebrow-raising finding by the FDA concerns people with pre-existing conditions, such as lupus, that cause the skin to be hyper-sensitive to UV light. And in those situations it’s only people who are “using the CFL very, very close to your skin for an extended period of time,” Sloboda said. “Most people are not doing that.” FDA recommends keeping the CFL at least a foot from your skin.

Co-ops can advise members to talk to their physician, and if they’re still worried, to buy LEDs which don’t emit UV light.

But Sloboda said the bottom line is: “You’re far more at risk for skin cancer by going outside and never using sunscreen for several years. That’s what puts you at risk—not having a CFL in a table lamp.”

By Michael W. Kahn | ECT Staff Writer via CFL Cancer Scare Debunked » Electric Co-op Today.

Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future

Scientists have developed an entirely new light bulb that could potentially replace the typical buzzing, fluorescent lights in offices and commercial spaces.

The team at Wake Forest University said on Monday it has created a lighting solution twice as efficient as traditional fluorescent bulbs that don’t shatter, flicker or hum. Because the bulbs are based on polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, they give off a soft white light, so rooms can be free from a yellow tint usually emitted from fluorescents (or, in the case of LEDs, blue).

“People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at a desk underneath them,” said David Carroll, the scientist leading the development of this technology at Wake Forest. “The new lights we have created can cure both of those problems and more.”

To develop the bulbs, the team said it used a nano-engineered polymer matrix to convert the charge into light. It consists of three layers of moldable white-emitting polymer, which is blended with a small amount of nanomaterial. When stimulated, this material glows to create bright white light, which is comfortable for the human eye to view.

The material can also made in any color and shape, which welcomes flexibility in office spaces or even household lamps.

Carroll said the new technology could also be used for large display lighting, such as store marquees or signs on buses. The university is working to manufacture it and sell it to consumers in 2013.

 via Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future.

Wash. program to recycle mercury lights | Local News | The Seattle Times

The Associated Press

Washington consumers soon will be able to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs and other lights that containing mercury at no cost.

Washington consumers soon will be able to recycle compact fluorescent bulbs and other lights that containing mercury at no cost.

A state law passed in 2010 called for a program to collect, transport and recycle residential lights containing mercury starting Jan. 1. That law will also make it illegal for people to discard burnt-out fluorescent bulbs in the trash starting next year.

The recycling program will be paid for by producers of lights that contain mercury.

State regulators say broken fluorescent lights expose workers, residents and children to toxic mercury vapors. Mercury poses a threat to public health.

The Department of Ecology recently adopted a rule to carry out the law.

via Wash. program to recycle mercury lights | Local News | The Seattle Times.

International News:: OFT complaint over Recolight ‘cartel’ | Materials Recycling Week

4 December 2012 | By Neil Roberts

A lamp recycling firm has lodged a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) alleging manufacturers are operating a “cartel”.

The complaint, submitted by Manchester-based Mercury Recycling, came as concerns were raised in the House of Commons about the sector recycling compliance scheme, Recolight.

Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston, Kate Green, asked the Government for a debate on the “apparent abuse of the electrical equipment recycling market”.

She said: “Four multinationals—Sylvania, GE, Osman and Philips—appear to be seeking to subvert the effect of the forthcoming recast waste electrical and electronic equipment directive by operating a cartel in relation to the recycling of waste electrical equipment, which is putting the viability of independent recycling companies and local jobs, including in my constituency, at risk.”

Lord Barnett, non-executive chairman of Mercury Recycling welcomed the MP’s intervention and confirmed the firm had submitted a complaint to the OFT.

Barnett said it was currently “uneconomic” to promote lamp recycling in “what should be a growing market”.

“Unfortunately this has caused great hardship to companies such as ours and resulted in 40% of our staff being made redundant.”

Last month MRW reported industry concerns following the end of court action brought by a lamp wholesaler and recycler against the manufacturers and their producer compliance scheme Recolight.

Proceedings were brought at the High Court by City Electrical Factors (CEF) and Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG) in 2010, but in October Recolight issued a statement saying the proceedings had been dismissed.

The firms had accused Recolight and its owners, the lamp manufacturers, of anticompetitive behaviour and breaching WEEE regulations by refusing to accept responsibility for lamps collected or processed by CEF and EWRG.

Nigel Harvey, CEO of Recolight said the firm strongly denied the allegations.

“Recolight operates in full compliance with all applicable legislation, and fund the recycling of considerably more waste lamps than required by the WEEE regulations.

“We recently launched a competitive tender to select recyclers for 2013, and encourage all lamp recyclers to take part in the process. We do this in order to ensure we secure the best possible service on behalf of all of our members and our network of over 2000 collection points. Our objective is, and always has been, to keep this hazardous waste stream out of landfill, and to make it as easy as possible for businesses and consumers to recycle.”

via OFT complaint over Recolight ‘cartel’ | News | Materials Recycling Week.