CFL bulbs emit UV rays

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Congress strikes again: CFL light bulbs emit harmful UV rays   

By Gretchen Randall

Date: July 24, 2012
The National Science Foundation commissioned a study to test the extent of skin damage that could come from using the compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs legislated by Congress.  The study was conducted by researchers at Stony Brook University in New York who bought light bulbs at local retailers to test how much UV radiation is emitted in a home using CFL bulbs.

The study found that “significant levels of UVC and UVA” were emitted through cracks in the bulbs’ coatings and were not limited to one brand of bulb.  The researchers reported that the UV emissions from the bulbs are “consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation.”  Similar tests using incandescent bulbs showed no effect on skin cells.

The authors of the study recommend that consumers not use the bulbs close-up and said ideally the bulbs would be “safest if placed behind an additional glass cover.”

Comment: So now, in addition to the danger of the mercury in the CFL bulbs, we find that we can get skin damage from UV rays while reading a book in our own homes.

Comment: Maybe now the Congress will repeal the mandate that we all convert to these silly, curly light bulbs.

Comment: This is another example of what happens when liberals, who think they know so much more than the rest of us, promote policies about which they know absolutely nothing.

Background and links: UVA rays are known to cause damage to the skin because they are longer than others.  They are responsible for lost elasticity and wrinkling of the skin.  Read more about the study at:

Contact: Gretchen Randall
Winningreen LLC
Chicago, IL
Phone: 773-857-5086