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Bulbs without liquid mercury are safer

EU regulations need now to be changed to only allow the safe amalgam form, effectively banning the use of liquid mercury completely

Energy Saving Lamps Don’t Need To Use Dangerous Liquid Mercury!

While mercury in various solid and liquid forms has to be used to make all fluorescent lights (including energy saving light bulbs - or CFLs) work properly, the mercury does not have to be used in its most dangerous liquid form. It can work just as well in a solid amalgam form combined with other elements. Using amalgam based CFLs is much safer, and environmentally friendlier.

Megaman, one of the world's largest manufacturers of energy saving light bulbs, has carried out exhaustive research into what happens when different types of low energy bulbs get broken in a confined space. While those types – including its own products - which use a safe form of amalgam – are safe when broken, those which contain liquid mercury can release mercury vapour in concentrations which far exceed internationally agreed safety limits.

The safe disposal of old or broken lamps and the potential effects on the environment are major concerns. All low energy bulbs lamps now have to be disposed of in recognised recycling points but it is a fact that many lamps containing liquid mercury are broken in the process, allowing mercury vapour to escape into the environment. In contrast, bulbs containing mercury in its solid amalgam form are quite stable, safe and minimise environmental pollution.

Adrian Kitching, OEM Director of Megaman UK, believes that DEFRA and other European authorities now need to take steps to protect consumers and the environment by tightening up on existing regulations. He says: “While all fluorescent lamps need mercury to work correctly, liquid mercury is classified as a hazardous substance internationally. But Health & Safety regulations do currently allow liquid mercury in low energy bulbs, even though there is a much safer alternative in solid mercury amalgam. We believe that EU regulations need now to be changed to only allow the safe amalgam form, effectively banning the use of liquid mercury completely. We are lobbying European governments on this basis.”


White paper on use of amalgam in low energy light bulbs:

Further information:

Katie Bright
Megaman UK Limited
Megaman House, 1 Quadrant Park, Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire AL7 1FS

Tel: 0845 408 4625

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