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7._3.-~- 12 The Julian News Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: Are there health or environmental concerns with LED lightbulbs, which may soon replace compact fiuorescents as the green- friendly light bulb of choice? -- Marl-Louise, via e-mail Indeed, LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right LED bulbs appear poised to now, given the mercury content displace compactfluorescents and light quality issues with the (CFLs) as the king-of-the-hill current king-of-the-hill of green of green bulbs, but a study bulbs, the compact fluorescent published in late 2010 in the (CFL). LEDs use significantly journalEnvironmentalScience less energy than even CFLs,and Technology found that and do not contain mercury. And LEDs contain lead, arsenic they are becoming economically and a dozen other potentially competitive with CFLs at the dangerous substances. point of purchase while yielding Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock superior quality lighting and high content of arsenic and lead." energy bill savings down the line. Meanwhile, white LEDs contain But LEDs do have a dark side. the least lead, but still harbor A study published in late 2010 large amounts of nickel, another in the journal Environmental heavy metal that causes allergic Science and Technology found reactions in as many as one in that LEDs contain lead, arsenic five of us upon exposure. And the and a dozen other potentially copper found in some LEDs can dangerous substances,pose an environmental threat if it LEDs are touted as the next accumulates in rivers and lakes generation of lighting," says where it can poison aquatic life. Oladele Ogunseitan, one of the Ogunseitan adds that while researchers behind the studybreaking open a single LED and chair of the University and breathing in its fumes of California (UC)-Irvine's wouldn't likely cause cancer, our Department of Population Health bodies hardly need more toxic & Disease Prevention. "But as substances floating around, as we try to find better products that the combined effects could be do not deplete energy resources a disease trigger. If any LEDs or contribute to global warming, break at home, Ogunseitan we have to be vigilant [about] recommends sweeping them toxicity hazards .... " up while wearing gloves and a Ogunseitan and other UC- mask, and disposing ofthedebris Irvine researchers tested several -- and even the broom -- as types of LEDs, including those hazardous waste. Furthermore used as Christmas lights, traffic crews dispatched to clean up car lights, car headlights and brake crashes or broken traffic lights lights. What did theyfind? Some (LEDs are used extensively of the worst offenders were for automotive and traffic low-intensity red LEDs, which lighting) should wear protective were found to contain up to clothing and handle material eight times the amount of lead, as hazardous waste. LEDs are a known neurotoxin, allowed by currently not considered toxic by California state law and Which, law and can be disposed of in according to researchers, regular landfills. According to Ogunseitan, "exhibit significant cancer and noncancer potentials due to the LED makers could easily reduce the concentrations of heavy metals in their products or even redesign them with truly safer materials, especially if state or federal regulators required them to do so. "Every day we don't have a law that says you cannot replace an unsafe product with another unsafe product, we're putting people's lives at risk," he concludes. "And it's a preventable risk." Of course, we all need some April 18, 2012 kind of lighting in our lives and, despite their flaws, LEDs may orts still be the best choice regarding light quality, energy use and environmental footprint. That said, researchers are busy at work on even newer lighting technologies that could render even today's green choices. obsolete. CONTACT." UC-Irvine study, www. pubs. acs.org/doilabsll 0.1021/eel 01 052q?prevSearch=irvine%2Bled. EarthTalk® is written and edited 1. In 2011, Minnesota's by Noddy Scheer and Doug Moss Francisco Liriano became the and is a registered trademark of E - fifth pitcher from the Dominican The EnvironmentaIMagazine(wwwl Republic to toss a no-hitter. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Name three of the other four who Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/ did it. , subscribe. 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