Compact fluorescent light bulbs – are they really good?

As the customs change, and being eco-friendly is ‘trendy’ some institutions want to make use of for their own advantage. Nothing bad with that. As long as they ship something that helps save the environment it’s great deal for everyone. Yet that’s not always the case. Sometimes they want t sell something that is harmful, tarrying to make people believe it helps environment. Nowadays lots of governmental agencies make everything they can to persuade people into using compact fluorescent bulbs in our homes. In European Union there is even an regulation that makes selling and buying incandescent bulbs illegal.

Yet there are several problems with these ‘recommended’ modern light bulbs. Let’s examine them a bit closer.

The first and the most important disadvantage: they contain mercury. And that is highly toxic chemical compound, that nobody would like to store in their homes.  Bulb can always get broken by accident – and in that case it will release the toxic stuff inside your house. We are told not to bin these bulbs but to dispose them to special containers.. I think this speaks for itself.

Second issue is that the light they emit looks artificial compared to this coming from traditional bulbs. Old bulbs were giving us a light that was very similar to those of sun rays. And if you switch these modern one’s you feel it’s something wrong with them. Just like your body was telling “I don’t like that”.

Another think is that I was told many times, that they don’t really work that long. Many people reported their fluorescent bulb to finish working much earlier than they should according to the claims their producers make.

What’s also annoying is that they give less light than the incandescent bulbs. If you’ll compare two of them (both with the same wattage label) you’ll easily see, the fluorescent one will not be able to produce as much light as the incandescent one.

Fortunately there is an alternative that is coming to the market – there are LED lighting bulbs. They emit warm light similar to those from incandescent bulbs.