SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

June 12, 2008 11:00 ET

Underwriters Laboratories Sets the Record Straight on the Safety of CFL Bulbs

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) -

WHO:        Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent, product safety
            certification organization, is raising awareness on the safety
            of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).


            A comprehensive online newsroom package focusing on:

                --  Myths/facts surrounding the safety of CFLs
                --  How CFLs burn out differently than traditional
                    light bulbs
                --  What consumers should know about the use of mercury
                    in CFLs

            The newsroom package features:

                --  Stories and story ideas
                --  Graphics

WHEN:       Now online

WHY:        With fuel prices skyrocketing and environmental issues on the
            mind of many consumers, many Americans are looking for ways
            to conserve energy. One way has been by installing compact
            fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy than
            standard incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer,
            offering energy savings and cost benefits.

            Conflicting messages about CFLs, however, have raised concerns
            and left people confused about the safety of the lamps,
            specifically regarding how the lamp burns out, and its mercury

INTERVIEW:  John Drengenberg, UL manager of Consumer Affairs

CONTACTS:   Ali King, Rhea + Kaiser on behalf of UL
  , 630-955-6623

            Joe Hirschmugl, UL
  , 847-664-1508

About UL

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 21 billion UL Marks appearing on 71,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 62 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 99 countries. For more information, visit:

Contact Information

    Ali King
    On behalf of Underwriters Laboratories
    Phone: 630-955-6623
    E-mail: Email Contact