Safety Concerns Emerge in Energy-Efficient Light Debate
By Fred Lucas
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
May 10, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - At a time when fluorescent bulbs are gaining in popularity among global warming activists, politicians and consumers, Brandy Bridges discovered a dark side to energy-efficient lighting.
With Congress and state legislatures considering fluorescent-only legislation, the Prospect, Maine, resident is going against the grain - removing every compact fluorescent bulb from her home just months after installing them as part of a remodeling project.
The decision to take them down was prompted by safety concerns. Earlier, Bridges dropped a fluorescent bulb in her daughter's room and it shattered, leaving potentially unsafe levels of mercury inside the rug.
At the suggestions of the state's Department of Environmental Protection, she now has to pay $2,000 for a professional environmental clean up. Her seven-year-old daughter sleeps in the family room, as her room is sealed off by plastic.