Replacement of Compact Fluorescent Lights


Updated August 8

Resolved, That the 167th Convention of the Diocese of California urges all congregations and institutions of the Diocese routinely to replace all incandescent and compact florescent lamp (CFL) lighting now in use with light emitting diode (LED) equivalents, or with other modern low energy devices whose component elements pose minimal risk to the environment and to personal safety on breakage.

Explanation: The Diocese has previously urged adoption of CFL lighting to reduce energy use and CO2 generation. (158th Convention, Resolution 4 (2007)). While CFLs have reduced energy usage, they contain mercury, a heavy metal with adverse environmental consequences. Disposal of CFLs currently requires special handling under California law to protect landfills and the environment, and cuts from broken CFLs may require medical treatment. 

As technology has developed, the current equivalent to the CFL bulb is the LED. It uses little energy, is long lasting, and poses no health risk on breakage. Its impact on landfills and the environment is tiny. The cost of LEDs is progressively declining, and CFLs are being phased out by manufacturers due to their environmental impact, relatively short life, and low margins. This resolution urges the sensible course of routinely replacing CFLs as they fail with their equivalent LED or other established low energy alternative. Learn more about LEDs here:

Submitted by: Peninsula Deanery Contact: Michael Graebner, St. Bede’s, Menlo Park (



I'm all for replacing CFLs and all florescent lighting with the newer LEDs. The older lights, whether "pink" or "blue" produce a kind of light that is not useful for reading (hymnals, for instance) or much else, especially for those of us with low vision. I do think it is important, however, that the Diocese make available both information and resources for the disposal of any incandescent bulbs, CFLs or old florescent tubes. I urge support for this resolution.

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