With the advent of high technology advancements, the environment is being compromised in the sake of better and more advanced lifestyle on Earth. Now that a majority of natural energy sources, what can we do to prolong the support for human existence? There are different measures that have been submitted for evaluation including all possible means of having alternative energy sources and banning of some stuff that could make the depletion rate faster and introduces threat to the environment and to human race. Among the candidates for being obsolete are the incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Why? Because of some reasons related to the damaging natural environment.
It was agreed upon by the government of the United States of America that within the years 2012 and 2014, the use of incandescent bulbs will be banned. This is because it consumes a lot of energy to produce light, thing that will definitely add up to the increased depletion rate of the natural energy sources. It is requiring an enormous amount of electrical energy to produce light. Its brightness entirely depends on the wattage that is applied to it. Although it is a very cheap substitute for the natural light and is readily available in the market, the operational cost is high as compared to other lighting system. Many are opposing to the scheduled eradication of this long time lighting solution because of its cheap price, but the government is educating the people on the practicality on facing back to this kind of lighting system.
On the other hand, as a measure of saving the earth from being too exposed to different poisonous substances, compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs are now scheduled to be phased-out in the coming 2015 in the United States. This act is in accordance with the natural environmental issues pertaining to the construction and disposal of the CFLs. Although it is more energy efficient than the incandescent lamps and lasts for a longer service time, it threatens the environment through disposing with it its mercury content. Mercury or hydrargyrum is a known substance coming from cinnabar or mercuric sulfide. It is a highly toxic chemical that can be obtained through inhaling or ingestion of the dust. Once CFLs are disposed, the mercury it contains will mix with the soil and makes it reddish in color. A lot of land fills are now prohibiting the disposal of mercury in the area. Users of CFLs are advised to recycle or just keep the busted CFLs for future processes.
One of the candidates to replace the two is the LED lamps, which are widely known to last for a longer period of time, with no additional cost for its maintenance and most of all consumes only a fraction of energy as what the other two requires. It is safer to use because it doesn’t contain harmful chemical compounds just to produce light and emits heat very minimally. More and more are now utilizing LED lighting as a substitute for the conventional lighting system and experience its practical advantages that are known to answer the energy and environmental issues of the other two conventional lighting systems. It is likely that in the years to come, a lot of users had already switched to LED lights, providing light to every possible corners of the earth.
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