Compact fluorescent lamp

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Compact fluorescent lamp

Fluorescent light bulb in which the tube is folded or twisted into a spiral to concentrate the light output. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are typically three to four times as efficient as incandescent light bulbs and last 8–10 times as long. CFLs combine the efficiency of fluorescent light with the convenience of an Edison or screw-in base, and new types have been developed that better mimic the light quality of incandescents. Not all CFLs can be dimmed, and frequent on-off cycling can shorten their life. Concerns have been raised over the mercury content of CFLs, and though they have been deemed safe, proper recycling and disposal are encouraged.
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And I read in the Record that the German Federal Environment Agency says a broken eco-bulb released dangerous levels of mercury.
And if you break an eco-bulb, you need to take a bit of extra care.
THOSE eco-bulbs we'll all have to have in our homes by 2012 take a bit more effort to dispose of than ordinary bulbs when they eventually die.
They said that broken eco-bulbs posed a potential health risk to pregnant women, babies and small children.
I asked about the facilities for disposal and the chap on the other end explained they had a bin for florescent tubes and the eco-bulbs went in there.
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Eco-bulbs have a flicker and don't give instant bright light.