Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
The recommendations on these pages apply to all mercury-containing light bulbs. Read a full list of which bulbs contain mercury.
- Learn more about energy-efficient lighting choices at EnergyStar.gov
- Read Energy Star questions and answers about CFLs
- Report defective CFLs via email to EnergyStar.
Cleaning up a Broken CFL
Light Bulb Phase-Out
CFLs and Mercury
Shopping for Light Bulbs
- What you need to know when choosing light bulbs (FTC.gov)
- Lighting Facts labels that help you compare different bulbs:
Businesses considered universal waste handlers under RCRA must meet certain storage, transportation and disposal requirements for CFLs and other bulbs that contain mercury. Learn more on the EPA universal wastes website.
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YES TO AIRING OUT: If a CFL breaks at home, one of the best things you can do is air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. Learn the most important steps to take.
NO TO VACUUMING: Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
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