Many years ago the "so called news" was about Compact Fluorescent bulbs and how dangerous they can be to our lives. However we were only told one side of the facts. Today, this story line is being recycled and used to create fear toward LED lights.
Television news and science magazines ran story titles like: Are LED Bulbs Dangerous To Our Health?
Clever verbiage was used to mimic the newest movie version of Star Wars out in the theater:
Learn the Dark Side of LEDs.
Compact Fluorescent light bulbs have substances such as Mercury inside, but when you provide details and cite sources, the complete story is a teaching moment. The media needs to realize that these types of stories are an opportunity for teaching and if they can write or speak well, the news they present will not be boring. I believe an example of this complete news reporting can be viewed at my Blog post from April 2014 called, Evacuate The House!
So what is the story today with LED light bulbs? They do have microscopic amounts of elements such as lead, Arsenic and Nickel inside. If someone breaks dozens of Compact Fluorescent bulbs and started inhaling them, he/she could get sick. With LEDs one would need to break open hundreds and start inhaling to cause harm. So my answer for LEDs is the same from my Blog post in 2014 with Compact Fluorescent bulbs. If any LEDs break in your house, clean them up safely, with rubber gloves and a damp sponge. Then place the broken bulbs into a Zip-Lock plastic bag and bring that bag to Home Depot or Lowe's for free recycling.
Sadly most news stories don't tell all the facts. These media companies are really just entertainment companies in disguise with one goal, which is to make money. They have no interest in being Reporters presenting News with logical answers because that makes the story BORING! Unfortunately the real reason for the boredom is because they don't know how to make a teaching moment interesting.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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