What We Are Not Being Told About CFL’s

  • 05 Dec, 2008
A few years ago a really neat new product came out on the market that was called a Compact Fluorescent Light bulb. The post What We Are Not Being Told About CFL’s appeared first on Odor Removal for Just About Everything.
A few years ago a really neat new product came out on the market that was called a Compact Fluorescent Light bulb. They started out really expensive and in all sorts of odd shapes that did not fit where a normal incandescent bulb used to fit. BUT,  for a fraction of the power, they put out an enormous amount of light. Typically you are looking at a 75% reduction in power consumed and heat generated.
Now the price has fallen considerably and the variety of bulb configurations and base size has increased dramatically. But (there’s always a but) the price on these new bulb configurations is still very high.
What most people are not aware of is that Federal Congress enacted a law mandating the sunset of the incandescent light bulb, the pride and joy of Tomas A Edison and the device that has lighted the night around the world, because it is “too power hungry”.
What the “They People” have told us in ever possible way is that CFL’s will
  • Save Energy.
  • Help protect the environment because it produces less green house gasses (CO2).
  • Save Money in this time of financial crisis saving and average of $13 per year over a 60 watt bulb.
What the “They People” have not told us about CFL’s is not quite so positive.
  • The bare bulb CFL’s are very fragile and break easily.
  • All fluorescent lamps or fluorescent tubes are gas-discharge lamps that use electricity to excite mercury vapor who’s vapors are extremely poisonous. The excited mercury atoms produce dangerous short-wave ultraviolet (UVA) light that then causes a phosphor (also very dangerous to breath or ingest) inside the tube or lamp to fluoresce , producing visible light .
  • Unlike incandescent lamps , fluorescent lamps always require a ballast to regulate the flow of power through the lamp.  For the most part, dimmers do not work on standard CFLs
  • CFL’s because of the long narrow tube construction requires a larger amount of mercury in the tube than the large straight tube bulbs. Many of the older CFL’s had considerably more mercury than the current models do but still much more than the straight tubes have.
  • CFL’s often take 5 to 60 seconds to produce full brightness and there is often a 0 to 3 second delay before the CFL turns on at all.
  • And as for helping protect the environment, they may reduce the CO2 produced by coal fired electric plants, but what about the truly dangerous mercury released into land fills all over the country from discarded CFL’s.
The bottom line is that if you break a CFL, you are being exposed to very dangerous chemicals. Chemicals that often require a HAZMAT clean up effort or equivalent to remove the threat.  There has been some talk about simply removing contaminated carpet to remove the threat of mercury poisoning .  Additionally, the phosphor that actually produces the light is not exactly environmentally friendly either.
The last point today is that if you are exposed to a broken CFL or the area where a CFL was broken even days ago, there is a very good possibility that you can become contaminated with mercury if you tough the contaminated area. The worse part is, if you go to the emergency room of your local hospital for treatment and decontamination, the chances of anyone there knowing what to do to decontaminate you or your child is almost zero. Further, removing mercury  or any heavier than water liquids from your body is very very difficult.
As usual the unintended consequences of our ill informed representatives in Washington making bad laws have set the the wheels in motion to cause the contamination of thousands of people and thousands of archers of land with mercury and other dangerous chemicals.
If you own and rent/lease real estate you should seriously consider avoiding CFL’s as standard lighting in your rentals. The looks like a law suit waiting to happen.

OdorXit Odor Eliminator

By Terri Friedhoff 24 Oct, 2017

The recent storms that have ravaged multiple parts of the US have caused unprecedented damage. If you or your loved ones were affected by any of these storms, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. Because these storms were so large in scale, people have experienced everything from moderate to complete damage.


Since getting rid of bad odors is our area of expertise, we want to help anyone who lost power for an extended period of time during one of these storms but didn't face complete damage to their home and belongings. Even if you're dealing with a refrigerator that smells incredibly bad due to it being fully defrosted and having items like frozen food decompose for days or even weeks, we want to go over how you can fully restore your appliance to its former condition.


5 Steps to Saving Your Refrigerator After Losing Electricity


The first step is to remove all of the spoiled food. This can be a truly nasty and smelly experience, which is why you'll want to wear a protective mask and gloves as you do it. Once your refrigerator is clean, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. If you have a truck or access to one, consider taking your appliance to a car wash and use the high-powered equipment to spray it out.


The next step is to spray one ounce of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with 30 ounces of water everywhere the refrigerator smells. That means spraying the insulation behind the doors,

under and around the door gaskets, the inside, behind the drawers and every little opening where the defrosted food might have dripped. Once the OdorXit Concentrate solution comes in contact with the rotten food smells, it will remove them from your refrigerator completely and safely.


The second to last step is to let the refrigerator dry outside then bring it back in the house. Don't panic if it still smells a little. It just means there is still at least one spot that hasn't been treated yet. You'll be able to knock it out by continuing to sniff and spraying wherever you detect even a slight odor.


The final step is to remember to be a good neighbor! Spray a few shots of the OdorXit Concentrate solution in the drain at the car wash or wherever you ended up treating your appliance. Anyone who comes by after you will be very glad you did.


By following the process above, it's possible to save even the worst smelling refrigerator, which in turns means saving hundreds of dollars by not needing to buy a replacement. So if you know anyone who's currently trying to restore belongings like their refrigerator, feel free to share this post with them by email or on Facebook.


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