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Danger in CFL lightbulbs


Last updated 3/13/2008 at Noon

Last year, the US Congress passed an energy bill banning the incandescent lightbulb by the year 2014. That’s because the incandescent bulb, the one Thomas Edison helped perfect in the 1800s, has been superseded by the compact fluorescent light (CFL) and LEDs because of their benefits to the environment.

But could the CFL really be too good to be true? Less than a month after the US energy bill was passed, research in Britain led to the UK Environment Agency issuing guidelines about CFLs. They are calling for evacuation of any room where an energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulb is b...

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