Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) create light using a unique method. This method is to run an electrical current through a glass tube that contains argon and mercury vapour, creating an invisible ultra-violet light. The tube is fluorescent coated and reacts with ultra-violet light to produce the desired visible light effect.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) can be used for almost any application. They provide a shadow-free light that is perfect for domestic, commercial or retail space and can be fitted in numerous styles of light fixtures. CFL's are often used to replace halogen and incandescent bulbs, directing fitting into the same fittings, however, it is best to check that your new CFL can go into an existing fitting before purchasing.
Compact fluorescent lamps are just as safe as any other lighting when used appropriately. The only risk comes when they get broken or damaged because they have a small amount of mercury vapour in them which can cause kidney or lung problems inhaled. We recommend that you put your compact fluorescent bulbs in durable fittings and in a location where they are not likely to get broken.