CFL Bulbs How To Clean

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CFL or compact fluorescent light bulbs surged the energy market when the issue of electricity, water, and oil and fuel crisis went overboard. Bulb manufacturers who are a big help in producing light in form of incandescent and fluorescent lamps with the use of electricity made their ways to innovation to come out with bulbs and fixtures which would consume less energy.

Though these CFL bulbs cost much higher or are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they could save up a household from paying high electricity bills while having longer periods in usage than the old lighting bulbs we previously have. Plus, incandescent bulbs give off yellow light effects while CFL bulbs emit clearer and white visibility to a room or a place.

CFL bulbs are promoted mostly in the parts of America to fight against global warming and environmental mishaps. Yet, some environmentalist groups are collaborating to stop its use because CFL bulbs are being admitted to contain mercury which is very hazardous to human when taken in or even just in contact with the skin. CFL bulbs are fragile and sometimes they break inside their boxes before reaching the disposing stores upon travel from their factories.

To clean CFL bulbs, these are the things to be considered and done:

  • Switch off the light or unplug from any electricity source. Wait for the bulb to cool down before screwing it out from the socket.
  • Use a smooth and soft dry cloth to wipe off the areas with dust. For areas which have stubborn dirt, moist a cloth with water or a little oil and rub onto it gently. Remember not to apply pressure on the bulb because it is very prone to breakage and might spill mercury directly onto your own hands.
  • Check for any insects that might have dwelled on the bulb’s inner portions.
  • Do not wash the bulb with water. Do not even blow dry or use compressed air to blow off particles on the small and hard to reach areas. It will still cause the bulb to break.
  • Before screwing the bulb to its place, also check the socket for lingering dirt, dust and insects. When everything is clean, screw back the bulb and see to it that it is well fitted and not loose.
  • Turn on the switch. If the bulb does not light it means the bulb was not properly inserted to its socket. Re-check and do again the last step.

However, if the bulb accidentally fell on the floor, take these precautionary steps:

  • Immediately secure rubber or latex gloves, duct or sticky paper and tapes, paper towel, plastic bags with zip locks and a proper disposal area.
  • Important: Do not use a vacuum cleaner to dispose the broken glass. Mercury will evaporate into the air and will poison the surrounding people nearby.
  • Ventilate the area. Close doors and but leave the windows open and leave the room for at least fifteen minutes before doing the clean-up.
  • Put on the gloves and use sticky papers to pick up the larger pieces and put them inside a plastic or zip lock bag.
  • Duct tapes could be used to clean up the smaller pieces. Put them all in a plastic bag.
  • Wipe the spot where the bulb was broken using a damp cloth.
  • Take off your gloves and place it along with the broken pieces inside the plastic bag and seal.
  • Bring the residues to a facility where hazardous materials are being disposed or recycled.
  • Wash and soap your hands, arms and feet thoroughly or take a shower with lots of soap for thorough body cleaning.

CFL bulbs are a must nowadays talking about conserving energy and its other forms. We just have to be very cautious not to assault our own selves by being careless with our surroundings.

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