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.

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“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

Energy Commission

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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.

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Reduce Global Power Demand

Transitioning to LED lighting worldwide would reduce global power demand by 3%. 

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Lower Energy Spending

LEDs use half as much energy and have 2-3 times the lifespan compared to CFLs. 

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Provide Higher Quality Lighting

One of the biggest advantages of mercury-free LED lighting is the opportunity for higher quality lighting compared to the mercury-based bulbs.

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The Clean Lighting Coalition is a global partnership to capture the health and environmental benefits of eliminating mercury-based lighting. It is coordinated by CLASP and supported by Climate Imperative and Sequoia Climate Fund.

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