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“Eco-Friendly” Light Bulbs May Cause Cancer

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The government forced us (not me yet) to use a more expensive lighting solution that now can cause skin cancers and acute burns. The new study says that the eco-friendly bulbs are not so friendly at all since:

1) the light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation,

2) exposure can lead to premature aging and skin cancer,

3) disposing and cleaning a broken bulb is a headache in itself, and many more.

Maybe we should learn to see in the dark or perhaps the government should have looked into this before regulating the perfectly old incandescent light bulbs.

Spanish:

El gobierno nos obligó utilizar una solución de iluminación más cara y ahora dicen que puede causar cáncer de la piel y quemaduras graves. El nuevo estudio dice que los bombillas ecológicos no son tan amistosos en absoluto desde:

1) las bombillas de luz emiten altos niveles de radiación ultravioleta,

2) la exposición puede conducir al envejecimiento prematuro y cáncer de la piel,

3) la eliminación y limpieza de un bombillo roto es un dolor de cabeza en sí mismo, y muchos más.

Tal vez deberíamos aprender a ver en la oscuridad o tal vez el gobierno debería haber mirado en esto antes de la regulación de los antiguos bombillos incandescentes.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/02/study-eco-friendly-light-bulbs-may-put-health-at-risk/

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One comment on ““Eco-Friendly” Light Bulbs May Cause Cancer

  1. Shirley Anne
    January 8, 2013

    Thanks for visiting Minkyweasel World.
    In response to the remark that ‘economy’ light bulbs produce high levels of ultra-violet radiation here is a little history. First of all I must tell you that I speak from experience having been an electrician for fifty years. The economy light is really only a miniature fluorescent (strip) light and yes all fluorescent lamps produce ultra-violet radiation. They have been in use for many, many years. The smaller versions probably produce less radiation but it is more about how they work which makes them safe to use. Inside the glass is coated with phosphor a substance which absorbs ulta-viole radiation and re-emits it as visible light thus making it safe. However there is a microscopic bead of mercury inside the tube essential to ionise when excited with electricity making it possible for the lamp to work. Both the phosphor and the mercury make the lamp unsafe when the glass is broken and special care must be taken when disposing of the waste. otherwise and in normal use the lamps are perfectly safe and far cheaper to run using around a fifth or less power.

    Shirley Anne x

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