Canadian industrial and commercial lighting company Eslite Energy Solutions, Inc. has announced an industry leading new take back program that ensures full recycling of all its products and directly addresses concerns about the safe disposal of mercury.
China’s Tungda Electrical and Lighting Limited will distribute Duralite Induction Lighting in Canada and will help raise the bar with a new initiative that ensures environmentally responsible corporate practices.
Under the program, Eslite will collect used lamps, both induction and fluorescent, upon installation of the company’s lighting products and then transport them to the proper facility or service provider.
Proper recycling not only reclaims phosphorous, glass and metal materials — it also isolates and safely contains any mercury through a process of distillation. Most induction and fluorescent bulbs contain anywhere from three to five mg of mercury (which pales in comparison to the amount of mercury released directly into the air by coal-burning facilities). Estimates put this figure at up to 10 mg of mercury released to power one incandescent bulb.
Duralite induction lamps use an induction coil or energy-coupling antenna with electrodes, which use the application of low-pressure gas discharge technology in providing lighting solutions. The center of the lamp is the induction coil powered by an electronic unit at the base of the lamp. The glass assembly surrounding the induction coil contains an electron-ion plasma material and is filled with insert gas. The inner portion of the glass is lined with a phosphor coating which is similar to that in fluorescent lamps. The antenna transmits the energy generated by the primary coil of an induction system to the gas filled chamber where it creates ultraviolet radiation and is then converted into lighting sources by the fluorescent powder on the glass surface. The lamps can last 120,000 hours or more.