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San Francisco Publishes Guide to Energy Efficient, Low-Mercury Lighting

December 11, 2008

Source: SF Environment

Finding green lighting just got easier, thanks to the City of San Francisco's new "SF Approved Lighting" guide.  The guide will help institutional purchasers of bulbs, tubes, or ballasts to:

  • Find over 700 energy-efficient, long-lasting lighting that has the least amount of toxic mercury.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each CFL’s lifetime.
  • Safely dispose of lighting.

The comprehensive list is the first resource in the nation to list mercury levels of lightbulbs by major manufacturers--who are not themselves required to indicate how much toxic mercury is in their products.

San Francisco City Departments are required to purchase only "SF Approved" lighting from this list, screened for their environmental benefits, cost, reduced toxicity, and performance.  The list is available online for others to use as well.

View San Francisco's Approved Lighting Products list


Learn more about how to choose energy efficient, non-toxic lighting with RPN's Responsible Purchasing Guide for Lighting. This guide covers fluorescent lamps, including compact fluorescent bulbs, ballasts and tubes and outlines best practices for a responsible lighting system.




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