There Could Be A Nasty Surprise Lurking In Your Old Fluorescent Lights.
Fluorescent light fittings manufactured before 1980 may contain a dangerous chemical called Polychlorinated Biphenyls or PCBs.
PCBs are known to cause a number of serious health effects including cancer and are now banned in many countries, including Australia.
The PCBs are sealed inside the capacitors and ballasts inside many older fluorescent light fittings. Over time these components can deteriorate allowing the PCBs to leak out.
If you see a dark oily substance leaking from an old light fitting don’t touch it – call an electrician as soon as possible to have the light fitting removed.
There are regulations governing the disposal of PCBs. Due to these regulations and the toxic nature of the chemicals you should not attempt to deal with this problem yourself.
Not sure if your old fluorescents contain PCBs? Give us a call and we’ll check your lights and dispose of any problem fittings if required.
For All Lighting Repairs In Launceston And Surrounding Areas, Phone Mance Electrical on 6331 4711