An estimated 3 out of 5 Americans is unaware that the traditional incandescent light bulb will no longer be sold in stores as a result of the Federal Energy bill signed by President George W. Bush six years ago. The reason behind this is because traditional bulbs are wasteful as 90% of the energy used to light the bulb produces more heat instead of light. By law new bulbs must be energy efficient. Not all concumers agree with the change as CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, a neurotoxin, thus making their disposal more difficult. These bulbs must be disposed of properly and not thrown away in regular garbage. Consumers do have two other alternatives halogen and LED light bulbs which do not contain mercury and can be disposed of in a regular trash can. Retailers have begun to phase out incandescent light bulbs to be in compliance with federal regulations.
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