Mercury in Lamps Create Environmental Hazard

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What's in a lamp? A fluorescent lamp consists of a glass shell, a high vacuum, a small amount of liquid mercury and evaporated mercury, some phosphor powder, and the metal end-caps and heated filaments.

Fluorescent light is produced by passing an electric current through mercury vapor, which generates ultraviolet energy. A phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb transforms the ultraviolet energy into visible light. A single four- foot fluorescent tube contains from 5 to 50 mg. of mercury.

When lamps are sent to landfills, or especially when incineration is used as an alternative disposal method, mercury vapors are released that can travel over 200 miles! It is highly toxic to the human nervous system and particularly poisonous to the kidneys. Once absorbed by the body, mercury is distributed by the blood to all tissues of the human body, and it easily crosses the placental barrier; prenatal exposure can lead to a variety of health problems including a severe form of cerebral palsy.

Recycling Fluorescent Lamps with Air Cycle

Air Cycle can help your facility reap the benefits of energy-saving lighting systems, while avoiding the risks of mercury with convenient fluorescent lamp recycling solutions to keep your facility and the environment safe from mercury exposure. Learn more » Air Cycle lamp recycling solutions
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