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Old 09-21-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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In the industry. . .

I've seen and used incandescent bulbs that have a plastic coating applied to the glass bulb itself. If it breaks the glass is contained.

Anyone seen anything like that for CFL bulbs?

It would seem it may take a bit of the safety edge off regarding breakage by cats () as well as mercury release.


Plastics have come a long way in heat resistance.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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In the industry. . .

I've seen and used incandescent bulbs that have a plastic coating applied to the glass bulb itself. If it breaks the glass is contained.

Anyone seen anything like that for CFL bulbs?

It would seem it may take a bit of the safety edge off regarding breakage by cats () as well as mercury release.


Plastics have come a long way in heat resistance.
Actually I have seen a CFL like that. I used one for my outdoor light. But it did not give off enough light and the front yard was fair game for prowlers. I put a 100w halagon into the lamp and voila, its illuminated.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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I think the danger of mercury exposure is way overblown. We used to play with mercury when I was a kid. Sometimes a thermometer would break and some would spill out. We'd pick it up and let it run around in our hands and stuff. Not that we'd eat it or anything, but it didn't kill any of us or cause any noticeable deformations or brain damage. When I hear stories about people quarantining the room or getting out gas masks while they sweep up the glass and throw away the broom, I just shake my head.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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I think the danger of mercury exposure is way overblown. We used to play with mercury when I was a kid. Sometimes a thermometer would break and some would spill out. We'd pick it up and let it run around in our hands and stuff. Not that we'd eat it or anything, but it didn't kill any of us or cause any noticeable deformations or brain damage. When I hear stories about people quarantining the room or getting out gas masks while they sweep up the glass and throw away the broom, I just shake my head.
Maybe it has to do with the state it is in, i.e. liquid vs gaseous
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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I think the danger of mercury exposure is way overblown. We used to play with mercury when I was a kid. Sometimes a thermometer would break and some would spill out. We'd pick it up and let it run around in our hands and stuff. Not that we'd eat it or anything, but it didn't kill any of us or cause any noticeable deformations or brain damage. When I hear stories about people quarantining the room or getting out gas masks while they sweep up the glass and throw away the broom, I just shake my head.


When I was in 5th grade one of the students thought it would be "fun" to roll a bead of mercury in the palm of his hands. Even as kids we knew the dangers, and warned him not to play with it. Several weeks later we were informed he was dead. Noone needed to question why he died, we knew.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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LOL! Perhaps its fair to say that they are neither the Earth's salvation nor something akin to a Bioweapon.
This is why i waited a while to post when i saw this topic pop up shortly after fox aired the segment to see what people posted. Looking at the posts of people who strongly are against the bulbs, sure enough are the same that have been posting republican on this forum. It's almost pathetic that fox has such control over these people, they will follow fox word for word and make a huge argument and debate over anything they tell them and in this case light bulbs, seriously, freakin' light bulbs
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