Clean Lighting Coalition
A global coalition to eliminate toxic lighting through the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Let's end toxic lighting together
Around the world, people unknowingly interact with dangerous lights everyday. Certain types of light bulbs, present in our homes, offices, schools and community buildings, contain mercury. Mercury is a chemical and neurotoxin, and can be released when a fluorescent bulb breaks, and through the manufacturing and disposal processes. Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic to humans and threaten environmental and ecosystem health. The Clean Lighting Coalition aims to leverage expert knowledge and clean lighting stakeholders to transition global markets to safe, cost-effective, and energy-saving LED lighting by removing the exemption for fluorescents in the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
“Transitioning to inexpensive, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting is not only smart, but it is also environmentally friendly and inevitable. We see it here in Ghana and across Africa. Under the Minamata Convention, the world has a unique opportunity to accelerate this transition to LED by removing exemptions for fluorescent lighting which contain hazardous mercury.”
Kofi A. Agyarko
Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, & Climate Change
Benefits of mercury-free lighting
Recent developments and innovations in mercury-free LED technology have completely changed the global lighting market. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) used to be the most efficient and cost-effective option for lighting homes and offices, so allowing mercury in lamps actually saved power compared to less-efficient light sources that didn’t contain mercury. Now, the transition to LEDs is easy and provides a range of benefits to people and the planet.
Build Healthier Communities
Exposure to mercury through a broken bulb can have toxic effects on human health, it is especially dangerous to developing children and fetuses.
Lower Energy Spending
LEDs use half as much energy and have 2-3 times the lifespan compared to CFLs.