(Originally published January 2013)
In every bulb that researchers tested they found that the protective coating around the light creating ‘phosphor’ was cracked, allowing dangerous ultraviolet rays to escape.
UPDATE: Phasing out the rest, via Breitbart.
Another example of those thinking they are helping mankind through legislation, and then walla, they hurt that which they profess to help. When the government mandated these bulbs replace old bulbs manufacturing plants shut down, and many of these new production of CFLs went to China. Now that this law has been overturned (thank you Republicans) it is too late as far as job loss and health risks. which brings to mind a favored quote of mine:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. (C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock)Us News and World Report “Health”
Could Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Pose Skin Cancer Risk? Tiny flaws in all brands tested allowed emission of harmful UV rays, study found
FRIDAY, August 3 (HealthDay News) — As the United States bakes under the summer sun, dermatologists often warn of cancer risks posed by ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. But research now points to a new and ubiquitous indoor source of these harmful rays: eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Scientists say they found widespread chipping or cracking in the phosphor surface coating of nearly all the compact fluorescent bulbs they examined, allowing UV rays to escape.
Most of the bulbs “have cracks in the phosphor coating, probably due to the fact that the coating is brittle and has trouble making the tight bends required to make these bulbs compact,” explained study lead author Miriam Rafailovich, a professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. “As a result, we observed, by eye, defects in nearly all the bulbs that we studied.”
And, Rafailovich added that, “skin cells exposed to [compact fluorescent light] emissions showed the same damage as those exposed to UV light” when placed in close range (meaning less than one foot) to a CFL bulb.
The study is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and is published in a recent issue of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology.
Via Hot Air: