A report from a German study finds that the purported environmentally friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s), have cancer causing chemicals that are sent out when you switch on the light
in your home or office. The report goes on to say that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods of time due to the poisonous materials emitted by the CFL’s.
The report by the scientists indicate that the CFL’s release chemicals that are both carcinogenic and toxic to those nearby. Those chemicals include naphthalene, phenol and styrene.
Add to the german study a recent study by Stony Brook University which looked at how the invisible UV rays CFL bulbs emit affect the skin. Based on the research, scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells. The study found that peoples healthy skin reaction was consistent with exposure to either CFL bulbs or damaging ultraviolet radiation.
The Stony Brook University study went on to caution that, despite their large energy savings, consumers should be careful when using compact fluorescent light bulbs. The research showed it is best to avoid using CFL’s in close proximity to people, and that they are safest when placed behind an additional glass cover.
The CFL bulbs are widely used both in the U.S. and the UK. The UK began phasing out incandescent lighting in 2011 and Congress with the passage of the 2007 energy bill, begins the phase out of incandescent lighting in 2012 thru 2014.