Unfortunately this revelation took longer than it should have on behalf of environmental authorities in the government. Fluorescent technology exploded as a clear-cut alternative to incandescent bulbs due to their lower wattage. At the time there were no better alternatives than the fluorescent bulb - they were everywhere! But as usual, the tendency to focus on only the benefits often results in other shortcomings being overlooked. Shortcomings such as:
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The Ontario government is taking a big step forward in reducing our ecological footprint by strongly considering a ban of fluorescent bulbs in landfills. As we noted in our LED vs. fluorescent tube showdown - fluorescent lighting is filled with mercury, which when disposed incorrectly can have a significantly negative impact on soil and surrounding environment.
With the continuous efficiency improvement and price drops of LED bulbs, it will not be too long until they become the "standard" of energy efficiency for lighting purposes. With virtually no negative materials, minerals or disposal issues - LEDs will be the true green alternative to not only incandescent, but fluorescent bulbs as well.