Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the Mercury level found in compact fluorescents harmful?
  • A compact florescent light bulb (CFL) contains about 4-5 mg of Mercury. That is about 100 times less than encountered in a single dental amalgam filling or old-style glass thermometer and much less than your standard wristwatch battery. By changing to CFL‘s and using less electricity, you are actually helping reduce the mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants, which are the largest source of human-caused mercury emissions in Canada and the United States according to Government statistics. Currently there are no proven alternative lighting devices for residential usage that are as cost and energy efficient as CFL‘s. The best option is to use low mercury, long-life CFL‘s and disposing them properly. CFL‘s contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4–5 milligrams. Because of this it is recommended that consumers take advantage of available local recycling options for CFL‘s. In short, unless you are constantly standing less than 20 centimeters away from the CFL, you are at no risk whatsoever.
  • How do I properly dispose of my Compact Florescent light bulbs?
  • The quick answer is to recycle them. Many neighbourhood hardware stores have recycling bins that are perfectly suited for your end-of-life CFL light bulbs. Home Depot has launched a program a nation-wide CFL light bulb recycling program at all 160 of the Home Depot locations.
  • How long until I see these "so called" electricity savings?
  • Immediately! Depending on the amount of lighting you have in your unit, you will be saving money on each electricity bill. The savings will usually amount anywhere between $150 and $500 per year in lighting costs alone.
  • What happens if my light bulb burns out prematurely?
  • EcoSPARK Lighting Solutions Corp. provides a 1–year manufacturer‘s warranty on ALL our lighting products.