Skip to comments.Compact fluorescent bulbs may contribute to skin cancer
Posted on 07/24/2012 9:11:40 AM PDT by neverdem
Here's the link.
Another reason not to like those &%$#@ bulbs.
And your federal government will force you to buy them.
Yep, that’s a government program allright
Take something simple, that works, and is made of simple metal and glass, and turn it into something complex, that contains toxic mercury, costs 10 times as much to produce, creates millions of tons of non-recyclable plastic waste, and now causes skin cancer.. all in the name of “protecting the environment”
And the private sector already has created LCD lighting that is considerably better than these crappy flourescent bulbs.
Just one more Liberal screw up!
They didn't create that.
It was roads and bridges and teachers and internets and stuff.
Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can provide the same amount of lumens as incandescent light bulbs, using one quarter of the energy. Recently, CFL exposure was found to exacerbate existing skin conditions; however, the effects of CFL exposure on healthy skin tissue have not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, we studied the effects of exposure to CFL illumination on healthy human skin tissue cells (fibroblasts and keratinocytes). Cells exposed to CFLs exhibited a decrease in the proliferation rate, a significant increase in the production of reactive oxygen species, and a decrease in their ability to contract collagen. Measurements of UV emissions from these bulbs found significant levels of UVC and UVA (mercury [Hg] emission lines), which appeared to originate from cracks in the phosphor coatings, present in all bulbs studied. The response of the cells to the CFLs was consistent with damage from UV radiation, which was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), normally used for UV absorption, were added prior to exposure. No effect on cells, with or without TiO2 NPs, was observed when they were exposed to incandescent light of the same intensity.
Don’t sweat it. Gubbermint health care will take care of all our skin cancer woes.
It’s win-win... for the environment AND our health! Yay!
Other than being twisted, what makes these bulbs different than the straight tube fluorescent bulbs?
Interesting. A few years back my friend said the same thing. She’s a research scientist, PhD. She didn’t do research on it but knew the make up of them. Something that I’ll have to pass on for her review. Thanks.
The scams of moving taxpayer money through non-profits to big party donors are monumental and almost always democrat driven and cooperative.
I have followed leads when reading about municipalities seeking energy saving projects and found that they have no intention of actually being effective. They just go through the process of having their media publish a feel good story to keep the donations coming and the public support strong. I recently talked with the director of a big energy and environmental department int he west that had lost a ton of money on a non productive wind farm. I went into detail about what can be done to accomplish actual energy cuts and cost savings with induction lighting and he told me they had just finished converting all of the government offices and facilities in the county to compact fluorescent. I mentioned the fact that this technology is being recognized as a failure and he said, "I know. But, we began the grant process almost four years ago and it was based on CFL."
The point of the project was not to really save energy, it was to spend government money and have some banquets.
You have to evacuate the room if one breaks. Yeah, that's reassuring.
And there have been several reports of these bulbs becoming flame throwers when they burn out.
Is there anything that won’t wind up killing you?
And the government wants to run HEALTHCARE????
Except for our congresscritters and WH who will make sure that they will keep the old incandescent bulbs at home and in the office.
And the private sector already has created LCD lighting that is considerably better than these crappy flourescent bulbs.”””
I have a really hard time convincing myself that I should pay $50 for an LED light bulb when I pay about 55 CENTS for an incadescent bulb.
When someone starts giving me 100 times the current social security I now get, perhaps I will re-think all of this.
I have a very large supply of incandescent bulbs in my basement.
I will burn candles and oil lamps before I will use CF bulbs.
As both a victim and survivor of skin cancer who has the scars to prove it, my environment has always been, is now and will always be CFL free.
LEDs are coming down in price at last. I suspect CFLs will be but a vague memory in 10 years.
When are they supposed to stop selling the regular bulbs? I still need to supplement my 300 bulb hoard.