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Old 03-15-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Dangers of Low-Energy Light Bulbs

Low-energy light bulbs can cause rashes and swelling to sensitive skin, warn experts | Mail Online

President Bush signed the bill to ban incandescent bulbs in the U.S. by 2012.
One of the reasons I'm glad I never voted for him.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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I dont understand how a halogen/fluorescent light would cause more problems than a regular bulb.

But if its proven, then I dont see why sufferers shouldn't be allowed normal bulbs. Im sure they can import them.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:34 PM   #3
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I have used 'low energy' light bulbs for years and have never had this problem.
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wow. i have sensitive skin and this hasn't happened to me.

didn't even happen when i accidentally broke one when i was screwing it in.
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I do know that flo/halo bulbs contain some toxic gases, and apparantly our UK ones had no warnings on. (You should evacuate the room for at least 15 mins after breaking one apparantly)

But...I just dont see what difference there should be in ANY bulb (bar UV) that would have one cause more or less light-related skin problems.
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Large retailers have already stopped selling conventional 100-watt bulbs, the most popular size.
People actually use 100-watt bulbs in their house? I don't have anything higher than 40.
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People actually use 100-watt bulbs in their house? I don't have anything higher than 40.
me either. and all mine are enviro globes so they're actually around 15 watts per globe.
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People actually use 100-watt bulbs in their house? I don't have anything higher than 40.
f*ck yeah
were Americans

we got 150 watts,
daylight at midnight !


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The only damage a light bulb has done to me (or ever will do) is when one broke in my hand.
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My mother told me just recently about a friend of hers who had problems with low energy light bulbs. His shoulder would hurt anytime he sits under his reading lamp where he just changed to a low energy bulb and his doctor told him he should try if it also hurts when he uses a normal bulb. It didn't.
When you are less than a meter away from the bulb you may react to the radiation it emits. So for some a reading lamp shouldn't be equipped with such bulbs. But for normal lamps it shouldn't be a problem as you are sitting in a big enough distance to it.
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This issue only affects a small minority of people, and only from one type of alternative bulb, CFLs. It's ultimately because, unlike the incandescent bulb, they emit a small amount of UV radiation, so those who suffer from severe sensitivity to sunlight will have an issue with CFLs. LED-based bulbs will not have this problem, although, at this point, they are far less common.

In other words, this is a legitimate concern, but only for a small minority of people with abnormal conditions. The vast majority of people can be around CFLs with no problem whatsoever.
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The only damage a light bulb has done to me (or ever will do) is when one broke in my hand.
Same here.

According to wikipedia the types we use are called CFL or CFT. Never had problems with them.
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I guess it's one of those one in a million problems. So far I've not heard of a second person having such problems. As melon said, it's only likely if you are extremely sensitive to UV rays.
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I've recently come across this:

Mast Sanity - Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) - What you need to know about low energy lighting

It seems there is more to CFLs than meets the eye.
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I have to handle bulbs that contain mercury, maybe I can quit my job...
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