In recent years, the cost of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) has fallen significantly, and the dependability of bulbs has improved dramatically. Some early CFL bulbs did not live up to the manufacturers' claims, but that's not the case today.
First, just like an incandescent bulb, higher wattage CFL bulbs give off more light. However, because CFL's are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, the wattage will be lower than you are accustomed to looking for in an incandescent bulb. Compact fluorescents use about one-quarter as much wattage to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.
Learn more from Clark County Utilities HERE.
Clark Public Utilities customers can recycle compact florescent lamps at our office locations and receive a new CFL for the first six bulbs that you bring in.
Proper disposal of CFLs is important because each bulb contains a very small amount of mercury. Each CFL contains up to five milligrams of mercury, about 1 percent the amount in a thermostat or dental amalgam, according to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. A standard fluorescent light tube can contain up to 46 milligrams of mercury.
Locally, CFL bulbs (and fluorescent tube bulbs) can also be recycled, at no charge, at these sites:
Central Transfer and Recovery Center
11034 NE 117th Avenue
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
West Van Materials Recovery Center
6601 N. W. Old Lower River Road
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Philip Services Corporation in Washougal
625 South 32nd Street
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. First Tuesday of the month
Portland Metro residents check HERE.