Don’t know about you, but I want to be able to choose.

What’s our world coming to,¬† soon it will be strictly against federal law to buy, sell or traffic incandescent light bulbs.

In the year 2014 the incandescent light bulb, the one that Thomas Edison invented in 1879, will be history in the US due to a new law.

We will all be “choosing” to use ONLY where we buy the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) PERIOD

It is said that these fluorescent bulbs are more polluting than incandescent light bulbs because of their mercury content, a highly toxic substance. According to the Scientific American, a broken bulb can create an environmental nightmare and according to Scientific American at least one case of mercury poisoning has been linked to these bulbs.

Whatever you do, don’t vacuum a broken bulb, advises Pamela Schnepper, a toxicologist in the environmental health program at the Department of Environmental Services. “That will spread it through the house, it will put it in the air, and then the vacuum cleaner will be contaminated.”

Instead, environmental experts advise, ventilate the room and leave it for 15 minutes. The safest approach is to wear gloves, and use cardboard and duct tape to pick up small pieces and powder, seal everything in a screw-top jar, and store the jar in a safe place until you can dispose of it at a hazardous waste collection.

Some older CFL bulbs turn off and on 120 times per second. Most of us do not see this on and off cycling of the CFL bulbs, but it does affect some people. People have reported that these compact fluorescent light bulbs can trigger migraines, seizure-like symptoms in epileptics and aggravate those with autism.

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