Low-Mercury Fluorescents Bulbs: ALTO by Philips


Fluorescents bulbs are good energy efficient alternatives to incandescents, but they do require mercury in their manufacture, and this can be a problem if they are not disposed of properly. In response to this, Philips introduced a range of low-mercury fluorescents: ALTO bulbs. Philips claims the bulbs have the lowest amount of mercury of any bulb on the market at less than 3.8 mg per bulb, or about 70% less mercury than other bulbs. To achieve this, Philips uses a specially developed mercury capsule which ensures the exact amount of mercury is placed in a tiny glass capsule which is attached to the lamp cathode.

Philips claims that the bulbs last about twice as long as other fluorescents.

Alto bulbs are available from Black Energy.

See also: What About Mercury From Compact Fluorescents?

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