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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pricey compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are even more dangerous -- and make even less economic sense -- than previously thought. They're fire hazards and mercury's just the tip of their toxic iceberg.

Edmund Contoski reports for the American Thinker that Telstar- and Electra-brand CFLs were recalled on May 12 as overheating fire hazards. And he notes that cleaning up after CFLs flame out usually breaks environmental regulations.

New Armorlite-brand CFLs add a protective outer shell that resembles an incandescent bulb, with a special inner coating. But Armorlite says they're "safer," not "safe." And if one burns your house down, all you'll get from Armorlite is a replacement bulb -- if you saved your receipt.

Mailing back spent CFLs is cost-prohibitive -- and regulations make it practically impossible. And while Armorlite claims its CFLs have less mercury, they also contain lead, arsenic, cyanide and other toxins -- and still don't work with dimmers or timers.

Mr. Contoski calls the 2014 incandescent ban the work of "statists" and "a monument to the failure of their ideology and their ignorance of economics." He thus illuminates how banning incandescents is an even dimmer dim-bulb idea than Americans already knew.

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