In home and business lighting technology, CFL, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, were considered a great revolution not too long ago. As it contains mercury, a hazardous, toxic metal, many people are swapping their CFLs for LEDs, or light-emitting diode. It is therefore important that old CFL bulbs are disposed of properly. To protect the environment and public health, we all need to do our part. With this in mind, we at Peterkin Electric would like to offer some recommendations on how to dispose of your old CFL bulbs properly and responsibly.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Disposal Near Me
In the regular trash cans, not in old recycling bin, the CFLs really do not belong in either. To help your old CFL bulbs and dispose of them in an eco-friendly fashion, below are a few tips to help you find local recycling services or facilities.
Services for Local Garbage Pickup – Through the curbside service you already have, is the best way to dispose of your old CFL bulbs in most cases. To see if they offer CFL or mercury pickup and recycling services, give your garbage/recycling service provider a call.
Recycle CFL Bulbs at Some Retail Stores – For those bulbs, many stores that sell or used to sell CFLs now offer a recycling program. Near their entrance, your local hardware or home improvement store may have a dropbox. Ask if they take in CFLs for responsible recycling in the event you do not see one.
Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Program – Check to see if they accept CFLs should your town or city offers a municipal recycling program. Look at websites such as RecycleABulb.com and Earth911.com in the event your local program does not. These are optimal resources to assist you find places where you can responsibly recycle your old CFL light bulbs locally.
LED VS Fluorescent Tube Comparison
From other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs LED lighting is very different and beneficial. Below are the different benefits.
Light Source: Generally used to make white light, LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of green, red, and blue LEDs.
Lighting Direction: Decreasing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light, LEDs emit light in a specific direction. For many uses, like recessed downlights and task lighting, this feature makes LEDs more efficient. The light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture with other types of lighting.
Heat: There is very little heat that emit from LEDs. Incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat in comparison.
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If you are wanting to install LED light fixtures in your home to improve the efficiency of your home or business, call in the professionals of Peterkin Electric of Orange County, CA. We have the licensed electricians that are full trained and experienced to ensure quality workmanship.