Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Energy Saving Light Bulbs 'Contain Cancer Causing Chemicals'

Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s 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.'



  1. Unfortunately the cancer issue is not the only problem with CFLs, or even LEDs...

    CFL Safety
    Home Safety -- Radiation -- Health

    The CFL Mercury Issue
    Breakage -- Recycling -- Dumping -- Mining -- Manufacturing -- Transport -- Power Plants

    LEDs: The Lead and Arsenic Issue
    Lead, arsenic and other toxic content, home breakage and disposal concerns

    The Overall Small Energy Savings
    USA Dept of Energy and EU official sources, less than 1% of society energy usage saved from light bulb regulations

    ....notice also how major light bulb manufacturers welcome the ban on unprofitable cheap simple types of incandescent light bulbs,
    allowing them to sell more CFLs, that people would not otherwise buy - and, arguably, justifiably would not buy.....

  2. It is really unbelievable such that we are using these lights such that we can save energy consumption and you have declared that they are having cancer causing chemical. Soc that can be very harmful for all the people. Government must think upon it and should take effective steps.


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