CFL bulbs cause anxiety, migraines, and even cancer. Reasons to go back to incandescent bulbs

 
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(Note from Erin: These apply to Compact fluorescent bulbs. Some are comfortable with LED while others say old fashioned full spectrum incandescent are the only way to go. We are 100% solar, drive electric cars powered by solar, but I do say you can use LED or halogen which do NOT have mercury in them. CFL is the real dangerous offender, if you’re concerned with the planet which I appreciate.)

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CFL Bulbs

Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly with the new generation energy saving light bulbs.  However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you need to follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. If  broken indoors, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety

Energy Efficient Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, and Even Cancer. Reasons to Go Back To Incandescent Bulbs

1. Energy saving bulbs contain mercury. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women.

It is especially toxic to the brain, the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It can also damage the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. It can lead lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, headaches, cancer and Alzheimer’s .

2. Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer.

A new study performed by by Peter Braun at Berlin Germany’s Alab Laboratory found these light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer:

Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenol).

Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphthalene).

Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styrene).

3. Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.
Energy saving lamps emit UV-B and traces of UV-C radiation. It is generally recognized that UV-radiation is harmful for the skin (can lead to skin cancer) and the eyes.  The radiation from these bulbs directly attacks the immune system, and furthermore damages the skin tissues enough to prevent the proper formation of vitamin D-3.

In conclusion, these bulbs are so toxic that we are not supposed to put them in the regular garbage. They are household hazardous waste. If you break one in a house, you are supposed to open all of your windows and doors, and evacuate the house for at least 15 minutes to minimize your exposure to the poisonous gas. Unfortunately, soon consumers won’t have the option to buy incandescent lights because they won’t be available. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and favors energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.








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  • Mary Lou Giallanza

    Love all this cutting edge info thank you Erin

  • @tarheel5:disqus I’ve worked in non profit conservation non profits since the 80’s (where, my first “real” job I was with an environmental non profit group for 5 years) We have a 100% solar powered house (actually produce a surplus we sell back to the electric company) We have 100% solar powered cars. I never said that before, but now added it because a few think I’m about destruction of the planet. People throw out CFL bulbs ever day. Most throw it into the trash and they contain mercury and you know what will happen to those bulbs in a landfill.

    You fail to mention that mercury vapor is completely different than eating a tuna sandwich (I’m vegan for the planet by the way so I don’t eat them personally thanks) and they’re two different kinds of mercury.

    I said right up top that people can get LED bulbs and also halogen is an option. Neither contain mercury and while I’m not thrilled with the lead in LED – it’s still not as bad as mercury.

    Thanks but I know my facts and I can’t be fooled with the ridiculous tuna mercury argument which doesn’t apply here and is downright wrong.

    By the way I didn’t write the article but did allow it to be on my site, with that being said I’ll stick with the fact Mercury bulbs are dangerous for the planet and for humans. Sorry you see differently. Maybe you’re one of the few who doesn’t throw theirs out and I hope you never break one!

  • @tarheel5:disqus Well, I’ve worked in the non profit conservation world since the 80’s (where, my first “real” job I was with an environmental non profit group for 5 years) We have a 100% solar powered house (actually produce a surplus we sell back to the electric company) We have 100% solar powered cars. I never said that before, but now added it because a few think I’m about destruction of the planet. People throw out CFL bulbs ever day. Most throw it into the trash and they contain mercury and you know what will happen to those bulbs in a landfill.

    You fail to mention that mercury vapor is completely different than eating a tuna sandwich (I’m vegan for the planet by the way so I don’t eat them personally thanks) and totally different scenario and type of mercury. Obviously.

    I said right up top that people can get LED bulbs and also halogen is an option. Neither contain mercury and while I’m not thrilled with the lead in LED – it’s still not as bad as mercury.

    Thanks but I know my facts and I can’t be fooled with the ridiculous tuna mercury argument which doesn’t apply here and is downright wrong.

    By the way I didn’t write the article but did allow it to be on my site, with that being said I’ll stick with the fact Mercury bulbs are dangerous for the planet and for humans. Sorry you see differently. Maybe you’re one of the few who doesn’t throw theirs out and I hope you never break one!

  • tarheel5

    Mercury Vapor? You mean the same mercury vapor that is emitted into the atmosphere from coal burning plants at a hundreds of times that of what might escape from a broken CFL bulb, to provide light from a normal incandescent bulb, not to mention the production of the ten to twenty extra incandescents that must be used if you don’t use one CFL. I do not doubt your environmental creds for a minute, but it is very short-sighted not to suggest that the overall harm to the earth from CFLs is significantly less than incandescents. The UV thing is silly. 8 hours of CFL lit exposure equals a minute of Pennsylvania sunshine. I like LEDs and daylight. I use some CFLs and I use an incandescent bulb in the henhouse during the Maine winter, because the energy that incandescents waste is given off in heat, which keeps the chickens happy. My point is that the fear-mongering about CFLs has a net bad effect if it makes people afraid of something that is much better than we have been using for the last hundred years. In general, cherry picking data to create fear in never a good thing.

  • Reynaud

    My new home was built with 100% CFL lighting fixtures about 2 years ago – I think that’s the local building code around here now. But it’s those crazy bayonet mount bulbs that are hard to find and expensive! And – You can’t use a dimmer switch with them. But NO WAY I’m going back to incandescent! I’m converting the entire house, little by little, to LED with dimming switches. I LOVE LED – it’s the very best option!

  • Mitchell McCreath

    some cfl globes can be dimmed.

  • Ann

    Excellent post. Thank you for the good information. Never knew.

  • alexb1

    If you don’t die of cancer as a result of CFLs, you might die in a house fire (the dirty little secret of CFLs is that though there is supposed to be a mechanism in the base which immediately prevents a bulb from reaching ignitable heat levels, this mechanism works less than 1% of the time, especially in light fixtures where the bulb is hanging “upside down”).

  • J

    No amount of suffering is worth the minuscule power savings CFL’s provide. Greenhouse gases should be cut on the generation side, not the usage side. Sentencing millions of migraine suffers to a life of pain and becoming a shut in to save a few watts of power? What kind of monster are you?

  • tarheel5

    That’s a joke, right? “Sentencing millions of migraine suffers to a life of pain and becoming a shut in to save a few watts of power…” A lot of drama there. There is pretty good data that Cfl usage cuts the amount of power used in the average house by about 400 kwh a year. Billions of kwhs in the last 5 years, requiring significantly less power on the generation side, is not miniscule. Since there are tens of millions more Americans who suffer from everyday respiratory issues than migraines, what kind of monster are you who would torment them daily by encouraging wasteful use of incandescent bulbs. What about people with UV light sensitivity who are subject to 5 times the amount of UV exposure from incandescent bulbs? There is zero actual data, no studies, showing that cfls cause migraines, and several studies that show how much less migraine sufferers are effected by CFLs than by old fluorescent bulbs, which used to be in virtually every public place in America. If a migraine sufferer doesn’t want to use CFLs they can use LEDs. I used to have migraines years ago. If anyone could figure out what triggers a migraine they would win the Nobel prize. Now I live in a house with a lot of Cfl bulbs. No Migraines. It must be that CFLs prevent migraines. My daughter has powerful migraines maybe 10 a year, but she actually has half as many as she had 10 years ago before CFLs. For you, that must meet your definition of conclusive proof. Anecdotal tales and opinions based on them are fine for some people to base their lives on. Other people want more.