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Web Date: December 16, 2010

LEDs Not So Green After All

Environmental Setback: Energy-efficient light-emitting diodes exceed California standards for hazardous waste
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: light-emitting diodes, hazardous waste

Because they last a long time, generate little heat, and contain no mercury, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) seem like an ideal environmentally friendly light source. But a new study by researchers at the University of California's Davis and Irvine campuses finds that by California standards, the small LEDs used in products such as Christmas lights, traffic signals, and remote controls should be classified as hazardous waste ("; $("#ERA_RC").html(contextualDefault); } }); var era_rc1 = {StyleId: '1',ERADomain: ''};


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