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Purchasing for Pollution Prevention: Fact Sheets on Mercury-Containing Lamps

Many energy-efficient lamps used for indoor and outdoor lighting contain mercury, a potent neurotoxin that is responsible for fish consumption advisories in 45 states. All fluorescent, compact fluorescent, low-pressure sodium, and metal halide lamps contain mercury. Facilities can improve energy efficiency and reduce mercury consumption by purchasing and installing energy-efficient lamps with the lowest mercury amount.

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