Scientists Are Warning People to Stay Away From CFL Bulbs As They Could Be Harmful For Your Health
Light bulb technology has made energy conservation easier. It has also cut down your energy bills with the advent of CFL or compact fluorescent lamps that are now a regular feature in every household and commercial establishment. In many countries, incandescent lighting is being phased out in favor of CFL because of their energy efficiency. But while these have eco-friendly features making everyone rush to purchase them and replace old lighting, scientists feel otherwise.
1CFL bulbs found bad for health says studies
But even while the CFL popularity remains as the bulb of choice, there are many experts who feel, the world is not ready to switch entirely to CFL and all because these bulbs while being healthy for the environment are not healthy for humans.
2CFLs linked to cancer say some scientists
One section of scientists feels that CFL bulbs are linked to cancer because they emit chemicals that have found to be carcinogenic in nature. These can have a serious negative impact on our health. This is, of course, a huge cause for concern especially for those homes and families who have made the switch and are always exposed to CFLs. What are they supposed to do?
3Most CFls are made in countries with little concern for environment laws
What aggravates the problem further and gives more cause for worry is the fact that most CFLs are made in countries with poor or no environmental laws. Even if there are laws in effect, they aren’t enforced strictly. This also means that the bulbs instead of being eco-friendly could be adversely affecting the environment as well.
4The research carried out in Germany
The findings of the harmful effects of CFL’s were made in Germany where a study found that CFLs emitted poisonous and toxic substances like naphthalene, phenol and styrene. According to Peter Braun who performed tests in CFLs at Alab laboratory of Berlin said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”
The experiments found that use of light bulbs should be avoided in unventilated areas and should never be close to people’s heads.
5CFL could possibly increase the risk of breast cancer says study
One academic study stated that CFL’s could also cause an increase in the risk of breast cancer when used at night. Professor of Biology at Haifa University, Israel, Abraham Haim stated that there is a link between night use of CFL bulbs and risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer was increased when using energy saving bulbs.