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Posted on 04/21/2011 7:34:10 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals'
Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals.
By Victoria Ward 7:16AM BST 20 Apr 2011
Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someones head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.
Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.
The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year.
But the German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.
Andreas Kirchner, of the Federation of German Engineers, said: Electrical smog develops around these lamps.
I, therefore, use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
This is one more news item I don’t expect to find covered by the US state-controlled media.
And the last US light bulb factory is closed
When the US shuts down there won’t be anybody around to turn off the light.
Hey, Thats A LOT worse than those asthma causing coal plants!! How come he doesn’t bring that up in his town halls?
When the US shuts down there wont be anybody around to turn off the light.
The world will miss the USA.
Maybe this is why GE is down after a killer income last quarter.
Look at the chemicals and rare earths that go into the manufacture of “pollution-free electric car” batteries, or the process that produces some kinds of solar photovoltaic cells.
Life is full of trade-offs. The politically correct are always in search of either a technological “silver bullet” that is all benefit with not problems (which doesn't usually exist) or doing without as a modern form of puritanical self-denial.
The “Electric Power Conservation movement” is the perfect marriage of these two groups. 30 years ago their spokesman at the time, Amory Lovins said that “...giving people a cheap source of electricity was the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
In my opinion for most people, low energy use light bulbs aren't about saving energy, they are about looking politically correct and feeling good about “doing something for the environment.”
I love irony
At this time I am pulling for the trial lawyers to bankrupt GE.
I don’t understand. Please clarify.
Please disregard my “Please clarify”. I get it. Thanks.
The "news item" contains no useable information. Note that nowhere are the AMOUNTS of the various materials given off listed. Just because they "detect" a chemical is no indication that any dangerous level has been reached.
Today's analytical instruments are so exquisitely sensitive that you can now find almost anything IN almost anything.
I bought a lifetime supply of incandessent bulbs two years ago.
which means we are just seconds away from our parasite lawyah class turning on them
I will place that warning right next to the Lead warning CA mandates on PVC power-cords. The computer you are using will emit far more of these same chemicals than a CFL.
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