Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs CFLs

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					                                                                          Compact Fluorescent
                                                                           Light Bulbs (CFLs)

Why use CFLs?                                                     CFLs are not recommended for lights on digital timers
                                                                  and fixtures with photocells (motion sensors or light
Installing compact fluorescent light bulbs is a simple            sensors); garage door openers (the vibration may
way to save energy and money, while protecting the                render the bulb inoperable); or areas that experience
environment. CFLs use up to 75 per cent less energy               power surges.
and last six to 10 times longer than incandescent light
bulbs. Island homeowners who participated in A                    What happens when CFLs burn out?
Bright Idea, a pilot project carried out in PEI in 2006,
saved up to $95 a year on their electricity bill by               CFLs have a unique “end-of-life” characteristic. In
switching to CFLs.                                                certain circumstances, a CFL may emit smoke and a
                                                                  melting, plastic-like odour at the end of its life. This
                                                                  is a common occurrence and is not considered
 Compare and Save                     CFL          Incandescent   dangerous. More often, the bulb will simply not light
                                      (13 watt*)   (60 watt*)
                                                                  and this will indicate it needs to be replaced.
 Price of bulb                        $3.00        50¢
 Bulb life                            6 years      250 days
 Annual energy use                    $2.48        $9.90          Should I be concerned about mercury in CFLs?
 Energy cost over 6 years             $14.88       $59.40
 Bulbs replaced in 6 years            0            8              CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury, an essential
 Savings over bulb life               $45.52       ---            ingredient for most energy-efficient lamps. However,
 *produces the same amount of light                               no mercury is released when the bulb is in use.

CFLs are also a good choice for our environment.                  Mercury occurs         CFLs contain an average of
Because they last so much longer, CFLs reduce                     naturally in the       five milligrams (mg) of
landfill waste. And, they reduce greenhouse gas                   environment and        mercury sealed within the
emissions that contribute to climate change.                      is used in many        glass tubing. This amount
                                                                  other household        would fit on the tip of a ball
                                                                  items, such as         point pen. How does that
Where can CFLs be used?                                                                  compare to other household
                                                                  thermostats,           items that contain mercury?
CFLs can be used almost anywhere. They come in a                  thermometers,          • watch battery – 25 mg
variety of shapes and sizes and fit in most lamps and             fluorescent lights,    • mercury thermometer –
ceiling fixtures. Many CFLs are made specifically for             batteries and               500-2,000 mg
use in recessed, dimmable, and trilight fixtures.                 switches for           • tilt thermostat – 3,000 mg
Weatherproof CFLs are also available for outdoor use              appliances, lights     • electric frying pan –
                                                                  and automobiles.            3,500 mg
and if conditions are excessively wet. Otherwise,
CFLs directly exposed to water should be within an                Since mercury can
enclosed water-tight fixture. Read the package                    be harmful to the environment and one’s health, every
carefully to ensure that the CFL is being used in the             product containing mercury should be handled with
appropriate fixture and location.                                 care.
                                                                                                          cont. on reverse
How should I dispose of CFLs?                                 What should I do if a CFL breaks?

Like paint, thermostats, cleaning products and other          If a bulb happens to break, follow these simple steps:
potentially hazardous household items, CFLs and               •      Open the windows to ventilate the area.
other fluorescent lights should be disposed of                •      Sweep up all fragments (do not vacuum – it can
properly. Island households may take used CFLs and                   disperse particles).
other household hazardous waste to any Waste Watch            •      Wipe the area with a damp paper towel.
Drop-off Center in the province. Disposal is free.            •      Place the fragments and paper towel in a plastic
To reduce the risk of the bulb breaking and to protect               bag and seal.
yourself from cuts, wrap the bulb in a plastic bag and        •      Put the bag and its contents in a rigid container
seal, then put the bag in a rigid container to take it to            and take it to a Waste Watch Drop-off Center
the Drop-Off Center.                                                 for safe disposal.

 Waste Watch Drop-off Centers
 Location                              Hours of Operation                    Household Hazardous Waste Accepted

 Brockton                              Monday, Wednesday and Friday          anytime site is open
 2022 Dock Road                        8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Route # 150                           Saturday
                                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Wellington Centre                     Monday to Friday                      Friday
 East Prince Waste                     8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Management Facility                   Saturday                              Saturday
 29786 Route # 2                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                  8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 New London                            Tuesday and Thursday                  anytime site is open
 10142 Route # 6                       8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Charlottetown                         Monday to Friday                      Tuesday
 7 Superior Crescent                   7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.                   7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 (corner of Mount Edward               Saturday                              Saturday
 Road & Perimeter Highway)             7 a.m. to 2 p.m.*                     7 a.m. to 2 p.m.*

 Dingwells Mills                       Monday, Wednesday and Friday          anytime site is open
 100 Selkirk Road                      8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Route # 309                           Saturday
                                       8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Murray River                          Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday        anytime site is open
 378 Cape Bear Road                    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Route # 18

 *subject to change

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