What you need to know - Alternative ViewL

• LED light bulbs are ten times more efficient than incandescent lights, lasting up to one hundred times as long and producing far lower CO2 emissions due to power consumption. They are, however, far more expensive in the initial purchase.lampy
• Many states encourage consumers to switch to fluorescents, in cooperation with the federal Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. rn• Fluorescent light bulbs, however, contain mercury. There is enough mercury in one fluorescent light bulb to contaminate 2,000 gallons of water. LED lights, in contrast, contain no mercury and are more environmentally friendly. rn• In 2005, Thomas Edison’s home state of New Jersey distributed more than 1.2 million fluorescent lamps and fixtures as part of its Clean Energy Program. rn• Approximately 22 percent of electricity usage in the United States is consumed by lighting, most of which remains extremely inefficient incandescent lights. rn• New Jersey Assemblyman Larry Chatzidakis has introduced a bill calling for the phasing out of incandescent bulbs from state buildings over the next three years. California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban the bulbs his state altogether.