Compact flourescent lamps (CFL’s) were introduced as environmentally friendly and a way to save money. Everyone quickly replaced all their regular bulbs but scientists have discovered other effects these bulbs could have on our overall health.
They claim they emit carcinogenic chemicals that wreak havoc on our health.
When I heard this I became very concerned for my families health, this news is quite terrifying.
It doesn’t help knowing that these CFL bulbs are made in countries where environmental laws aren’t enforced.
This means the production process is possibly not up to our standards.
“For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin’s Alab Laboratory, said.
Using these bulbs in an unventilated rooms or used too close to a person’s head. Another study claims that these light bulbs could also result in higher breast cancer rate.
“Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, says there may be a link between night time light exposure and breast cancer risk, but there’s a higher risk when using energy saving light bulbs.”
Of course, more research needs to be run on these bulbs.
Some argue there’s no need to go back to the normal bulbs
“Many experts say that although CFLs contain mercury, it’s a very small amount, so it shouldn’t be cause for concern”.
During another study at Stone Brook University in New York researchers showed that skin cells changed after being exposed to the light bulbs. This concluded that working a year exposed to these light bulbs would be equivalent to 20 minutes of sunlight.
It seems that UV rays aren’t quite as dangerous as they originally said.
What do you think about the big switch we have made from traditional light bulbs.