major accident with lights, I'm freaking out!
User Name

Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

major accident with lights, I'm freaking out!
Many perks!



Fauna Top Sites
Old 04-11-2018, 01:07 PM
No-Pro-mwa's Avatar
No-Pro-mwa No-Pro-mwa is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2013
Zone: 4a
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 8,344
major accident with lights, I'm freaking out! Female

Cows are good Barbara sorry about your troubles but glad you have joined the board.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2018, 01:21 PM
estación seca's Avatar
estación seca estación seca is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Jun 2015
Zone: 9b
Location: Phoenix AZ - Lower Sonoran Desert
Posts: 9,697
major accident with lights, I'm freaking out! Male

Originally Posted by Mountaineer370 View Post
Lotusbird, welcome to the board. Like you, I'm so sorry that this had to be your first post. I can't add anything to the replies already given, but I do have to just sort of wonder why on earth such a toxic substance is allowed to be inside of a commonly used household object that is so easily prone to breakage and certainly happens on a daily basis by large numbers of people.
I've never understood why fluorescent bulbs are used in schools. Yes, they're cheaper.

A milligram of elemental mercury is quite a bit to inhale, especially if in compound with other elements. It is unlikely you inhaled that much. Smaller amounts also cause trouble, and it is not well eliminated from the body, so repeat exposures can cause more and more trouble.
It's a dry heat.
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 1 Likes
Likes Mountaineer370 liked this post
Old 04-15-2018, 12:13 PM
lusenok lusenok is offline

Join Date: Dec 2011
Zone: 5b
Location: upstate New York
Posts: 39
major accident with lights, I'm freaking out! Female

Barbara, there is no need to freak out. The "phosphor" in fluorescent bulbs is not the same as phosphorous. Phosphor is just a name for light-emitting material that mostly contains calcium oxide with some other rare elements. They can be caustic in large quantities but are easily washable with water. Also CFL bulbs contain about 5 milligram of mercury which is not too much. I don't expect any acute poisoning from this amount. If you ventilate a room you'll be OK. The biggest problem I see is glass shards. I strongly don't recommend to use a vacuum cleaner because it has an air exhaust which blows air outside of appliance and lifts small dust particles throughout the room. It's better to wipe down shards with a wet paper towel (while wearing rubber gloves). That's it.
Source: PhD in Chemistry.
Hoarding orchids since 2011
Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2018, 07:48 AM
Mountaineer370 Mountaineer370 is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Mar 2017
Zone: 5b
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 875
major accident with lights, I'm freaking out! Female

Originally Posted by lotusbird View Post
(running to the store to get some safety sleeve bulb covers for the new lights, if I can find them- I live in a very rural town in the southern tier of NY, not much around here but cows
I love cows and rural towns. If you had no luck finding the sleeves locally, they're readily available online:

F40T12 Tube Guard with End Caps - Clear - PLAS-100275
Reply With Quote


mercury, orchids, powder, tubes, white

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Growing under lights: 2015 estación seca Growing Under Lights 12 06-05-2016 07:38 PM
Rays LED lights and light meter measurements smokinjoe52 Growing Under Lights 26 02-21-2016 04:49 PM
Clearance needed under lights? AKNicolle Growing Under Lights 7 06-26-2014 03:35 AM
My lights setup! refu Growing Under Lights 3 11-30-2010 10:21 AM
Phals Under T12 Lights - How Much? angeleyedcat Beginner Discussion 6 10-12-2010 08:48 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:53 AM.

© 2007
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.