While I will admit this is true, I have definite questions about CFL’s and this recent study just adds to my concern.
Although they are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, the ones I used didn’t last as long, didn’t give as much light, and I was not sure if I should put everyone in hazmat suits, including the dogs and cat, if we broke one.
And… the ones I bought were made in China, the country that sent us the contaminated dog food.
I have a lot of klutzy genes and I can’t count the number of incandescent and florescent bulbs those who share my genes and I have broken over the years.
When I research them I get a lot of different answers about how to dispose of them and what to do if they break. And, of course, I have a great concern about how broken bulbs affect pets who live close to the floor. So far nothing reassures me.
Even though we were all supposed to start using them at the beginning of the year, the deadline for enforcing has been extended through part of this year. I have to wonder how much research was done before these were imposed on us.
I have stockpiled enough of Thomas Edison’s bulbs that I am not concerned for myself, at least for a few years. I am just passing this study along. Maybe some of you can reassure me that CFL's are as safe as Tom’s bulbs.
New research funded by the National Science Foundation has scientists warning consumers about the potentially harmful effects energy-saving CFL light bulbs can have on skin.
The warning comes based on a study conducted by Stony Brook University and New York State Stem Cell Science — published in the June issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology — which looked at whether and how the invisible UV rays CFL bulbs emit affect the skin.
Based on the research, scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells.
“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said lead researcher Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, in New York, in a statement. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.”
… Despite their large energy savings, consumers should be careful when using compact fluorescent light bulbs,” said Rafailovich. “Our research shows that it is best to avoid using them at close distances and that they are safest when placed behind an additional glass cover.” Read more
Am I just being paranoid?