Being an informed consumer is the best way of ensuring that you get value and quality in everything you buy and use.

Sometimes though even savvy consumers who do all the right research and make a buying decision based on the best available evidence are lead astray by manufacturers and product regulators. The compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is a classic example.

LEDBright_V17-HardBack.inddIn my book “the Light Bulb Games” I’ve nicknamed the CFL’s as ‘Curly’, because of its distinctive swirling shape. When Curly was first brought into the marketplace he was promoted by the major light bulb manufacturers, government agencies and big box retailers as the next wave of energy-efficient light bulbs to replace the old incandescents, which were being phased out. The CFL’s were backed by incentive programs, government rebates and were advertised as long-life bulbs which would reduce energy consumption and protect the environment.

The only problem is that they’re a terrible product—unreliable, and manufactured using mercury. Because mercury is a toxic and banned substance, there’s no way to recycle a CFL and should you break one in your home be very careful. An exposed CFL bulb is hazardous unless disposed of properly.

I’ve talked to customers during my stops at the Home Hardware stores in B.C. who went out and bought CFL’s in good faith, based on all available information at the time. They’re now very disappointed and are moving to LED light bulbs instead. Yet astoundingly CFL’s are still being promoted and sold, despite all the available evidence.

The only thing I can do is to urge you to avoid ‘Curly’ at all costs. For more information on ‘Inky’ ‘Curly’ and ‘Led Bright’ and the Light Bulb Games story visit us at our website or contact me, David Clark-Wilson 604-771-9051 or