Mercury and Light Bulbs
All fluorescent light bulbs contain some mercury. Some other lights also contain mercury:
- high intensity discharge lamps (mercury vapor, metal halide, sodium)
- fluorescent backlights in flat panel and liquid crystal displays commonly used as monitors, TVs and instrument displays.
- compact fluorescent bulbs
When these light bulbs break, some mercury vapor is released to the air. Usually the amount released from one broken bulb is not a health concern.
All mercury-containing lamps should be recycled. In Minnesota, it is illegal to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs, or other mercury-containing products, in the trash.
For more information, see the MDH Webpage CFLs: General Information and Cleanup.
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