Do fluorescent bulbs & tubes contain mercury?

Answer

Yes, each tube or bulb contains about 5 milligrams of mercury. But this is about equivalent to the amount of ink you get on the tip of a ball point pen.

• For your information, a standard thermometer contains 100X the amount of mercury you can find in fluorescent bulbs & tubes.

• Mercury is an essential component in the operation of fluorescent tubes and Compact Fluorescent Lamps

• Mercury is an essential component in the operation of fluorescent tubes and Compact Fluorescent Lamps

• Exposure to mercury should be avoided as it can harmful.
• In tubes and bulbs the mercury is enclosed in the glass envelope so, in normal use, there is not any hazard to health.
• The only time a customer could come into with mercury is if the glass of a fluorescent tube or bulb is broken. As the amount of mercury is very small the risks are extremely low. Any breakage should be cleaned up straight away and disposed of as you would with broken glass.
• Consumer’s are now starting to becoming aware that fluorescent tubes and bulbs contain mercury.