Touted by environmentalists as a more efficient and longer-lasting alternative to the incandescent bulbs, GEs compact fluorescent light bulbs save you money and energy. They last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and offer a choice of soft white or color options.
Consumers got on the bandwagon and bought them in droves, many lighting their entire household with these CFL’s. But are they safe? Not according to recent reports. Waste industry officials and some environmental scientists warn that the bulbs pose a threat to health and the environment. This is of pressing concern as the federal government has slotted incandescent bulbs to be phased out in 2012, to be replaced by these CFLs. Continue reading