I have always hated the compact fluorescent light bulbs. I don’t like the quality of light they give off. I don’t like the harsher bluer light as opposed to the warmer oranger light of the incandescent light bulb. I don’t like the way they gradually warm up. And now it seems that they’re a health hazard.
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.
Oh, and they might cause breast cancer too.
But it’s all worth it to save the world from global warming, or climate change, or whatever they’re calling this week.