Last month I wrote about the dangers associated with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), which our politicians are ramming down our throats with the incandescent light bulb ban coming in 2012. I've got more tales to tell regarding CFLs.
From the American Thinker:
The Dangers of CFLs Even Greater Than Previously Known
By Edmund Contoski
"New evidence of CFLs causing fires -- even exploding -- as well as new environmental concerns have come to light since my article The CFL Fraud published. Here are some of the additional fires:
'I had one of these CFL's in my garage socket, and it blew a component (not the glass corkscrew) and caught fire. Fortunately, I was standing four feet away at the time. I turned off the power and smothered the bulb with a towel.' LINK
'I heard a sizzling sound like bacon, looked in the direction of the sound and watch the CFL burst into flame with flames licking up onto the ceiling of my house.' LINK
'I've had two burn through their base, leaving a hole large enough to stick my little finger in, and scorching the fixture. They are a fire hazard.' LINK
'I've had TWO catch fire. I don't trust them. Plus they look silly.' LINK
'I've had two CFLs explode on me. One in our bedroom overhead light.... I took a long time cleaning the bedspread and carpeting, because of fears of the mercury residue. Had another one explode in the family room.' LINK
How was that bedspread cleaned? Was the person aware it must not be put in a washing machine, according to EPA, 'because mercury may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage'? Was that person aware EPA also says never to use a vacuum cleaner to clean up a broken CFL on a carpet? Vacuuming will disperse mercury into the air and contaminate the vacuum cleaner, which for all practical purposes is impossible to decontaminate. LINK
In recognition of the problems of fires and exploding CFLs, Armorlite is marketing a product with a package labeled 'A Safer CFL.' It is a CFL inside what looks like the shell of an incandescent bulb made with some special coating. Notice that is says a 'safer CFL' -- not that it is 'safe,' just 'safer.' In other words, less dangerous. The package states: 'We do not make any claims or provisions that mercury or glass cannot escape coating.'
Armorlite claims a lifetime of 10,000 hours, or nine years, based on 3 hours of use per day, but the warranty is for only two years. So much for all the B.S. about how CFLs last so many thousands of hours longer than incandescents."
Much more here.