Fluorescent light bulbs

What is fluorescent light bulbs?

Fluorescent light bulbs , traditional fluorescent lamps, that is, low-pressure mercury lamps, are low-pressure mercury vapors that emit ultraviolet light after energization, thereby causing the phosphor to emit visible light. Therefore, it is a low-pressure arc discharge source.

In 1974, Philips in the Netherlands first developed a phosphor that would emit red, green and blue light that is sensitive to the human eye. The development and application of three primary colors (also known as three primary colors) phosphors is an important milestone in the history of fluorescent lamps.

The electrodeless fluorescent light bulbs , that is, the electrodeless lamp, cancels the filament and the electrode of the conventional fluorescent lamp, and uses the principle of electromagnetic coupling to excite the mercury atom from the original state to the excited state, and the light-emitting principle is similar to that of the conventional fluorescent lamp, and has a long life and high luminous efficiency. Good color rendering and other advantages.

Advantages of fluorescent light bulbs

Using fluorescent light bulbs in order to save the energy and thus minimize the negative impact to our environment is one thing but a proper disposal of used fluorescent light bulbs and tubes is undoubtedly another aspect that has to be strongly considered since these bulbs contain such chemical mixtures that should never be disposed of without recycling them in a proper way. 

Correctly handled after their usage, the fluorescent bulbs and tubes cannot cause any serious dangers and hence it is every product user’s responsibility to do everything possible to dispose the lamps in a correct and safe manner.

Unlike incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs (or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) contain a small amount of mercury. Each bulb contains about four milligrams of the toxic metal. Although that is only a fraction of the amount of mercury in those old school thermometers, broken CFL bulbs can be damaging to the environment if they enter landfills or the water supply.

How to dispose of fluorescent light bulbs?

To dispose of incandescent (“regular”) light bulbs, please wrap them in paper, and place them into your regular household trash. (Why put otherwise recyclable paper into the trash? Recycling as much as possible is important, but your safety and the collection crew’s safety is even more important. Wrapping the bulb in paper helps prevent injury by containing the glass shards if the bulb breaks.)

To dispose of your CFL bulbs properly, recycle them. You can take them to any Lowes store, for instance, and there is usually a place to recycle your CFLs near the front entrance. Other home improvement stores and recycling centers in your area may also accept your CFL bulbs.

You may see long, tube-shapes florescent bulbs in your office. Or, you will even see them in closets, older kitchens, or garages. Like CFL bulbs , fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, so you should recycle them.

Before you remove a burnt-out tube, it is wise to turn off the electrical at the circuit for that part of your home to avoid injury. Also, it’s a good idea to wrap your fluorescent bulbs in an old packing material to help prevent them from breaking.

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