London’s great light bulb amnesty

London Mayor Ken Livingston is give-away happy again. This time it’s light bulbs.

If you take your old incandescent bulbs along to any branch of B&Q they will trade it in for the energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulb. Rumour has it this will be limited to 2 bulbs only and only while stocks last!

You can only exchange your bulbs from Friday 11 January to Sunday 13 January.

Details at the London light bulb amnesty website.

But beware, the switch to energy-saving light bulbs may put thousands at risk of painful skin reactions, health charities warn. Fluorescent bulbs can exacerbate skin rashes in people with photosensitive skin conditions, experts said.

Health conditions which can involve some form of light sensitivity, include the auto-immune disease lupus, the genetic disorder Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), certain forms of eczema and dermatitis, photosensitivity, and porphyria.

It has been estimated about 100,000 people in the UK with these skin conditions will be affected. BBC article

Defra in the meantime is warning that in the event of a low energy bulb being broken, shards of glass should not be vacuumed up but instead swept away by someone wearing rubber gloves to protect them from the bulb’s mercury content.

In addition, it said care should be taken not to inhale any dust and the broken pieces should be put in a sealed plastic bag for disposal at a council dump – not a normal household bin. A window should be opened and everyone must leave the room for at least 15 minutes.

Not easy going ‘green’! πŸ™‚

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3 Responses to London’s great light bulb amnesty

  1. earthpal says:

    Not easy going β€˜green’!

    That’s for sure. It seems that nearly every Green solution has a twist. Even light bulbs aren’t straightforward

  2. matt says:

    And then we get to the current energy debate regards base load; nuclear or coal!? The govt announce their nuclear intentions today and a new coal station is close to being built in Kent. These complex conundrums do keep the nation busy.

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi earthpal,

    And it will only get worse. What else can one expect when Government types try to save us using information gained from opinion polls?

    Hi matt,

    Hope your holidays went well. As to the easy green problem, Kermit the Frog, I seem to recall, mentioned that years ago πŸ™‚

    the Grit

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