Skip to comments.Energy saving bulbs 'release cancer causing chemicals', say scientists (CFL lightbulb warning)
Posted on 04/20/2011 8:08:21 AM PDT by rawhide
Energy saving bulbs emit cancer causing chemicals it was claimed last night as new fears were raised about their safety.
Scientists said they should not be left on for long periods of time or placed close to a person's head because they release poisonous materials.
The EU has unveiled plans to phase out 'normal' incandescent bulbs by the end of next year as they try to cut carbon emissions.
They should not be used by adults to read or kept near a child's head all night, the experts said.
While it is already known that harmful amounts of Mercury are released if one of the new 'green' bulbs is broken, the latest research shows other carcinogenic chemicals are emitted when they are switched on.
The German research shows that the chemicals are released as a form of steam.
The harmful substances include phenol - a poison injected by the Nazis to kill thousands of concentration camp victims during World War II - and the human toxins naphthalene and styrene.
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This caught my attention. I'm glad I have a lifetime supply of the incandesant lightbulbs stored away. No CFL's for me.
There is a mounting body of evidence that seems to indicate that the light given off from these lights is harmful also.
Good thing the government is stepping in and forcing us all to get them.
We’ll be down to using candles, then they’ll ban those too because they release CO2.
There’s actually a 3 page warning on how to clean up a broken CFL bulb...3 PAGES!
My wife and I have been stashing “normal” lightbulbs away for quite a while now. To even consider these mercury infested bulbs is preposterous. The government can go to hell on these “energy saving bulbs” until they can show me where in our Constitution there’s the slightest mention about lightbulbs.
I wish they’d stop this crap!
Well, I predict CFL bulbs will be one environmental pollutant and danger to human health that the leftists and enviro whackos will have no interest in keeping off the market. It’s too central to their master plan to control more and more how people live.
But.. but.. it’s GREEN, just like the Chevy Volt!
We’re told that if it is green it is good for us.
Just like the expensive toxin filled batteries on the Volt.
[Which is pandered off as an electric car despite being a poorly designed hybrid.]
An excellent example of government intervention in the economy. Incandescent bulbs have been around since Thomas Edison. Now we’re forced to replace them with these toxic bombs. If my house were my workplace, it would be an OSHA violation.
Get rid of them!
Get rid of them!
That's a feature, not a bug. Part of what makes them "energy saving" is they kill off the users.
Not to mention that these CFL bulbs are mostly made in China which has such a great record for product safety.
Scotty....beam me up!
I think CFL’s suck, but even I’m not buying this scare. This is classic dihydrogen monoxyde type thinking. Phenol is in lots of stuff (like Bakelite), and in lots of processes to make other stuff (like aspirin).