In our efforts to protect the environment, most of us have now replaced our old conventional bulbs with new models of efficient energy use. Unfortunately, we are now learning new bulbs come with significant health risks. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has actually issued an emergency protocol to be followed if a bulb is broken, like a broken light bulb releases twenty times the maximum safe mercury levels in the air.
efficient energy bulbs are known to cause
– Cluster headaches
– Inability to concentrate
Because it is a potent neurotoxin, mercury is particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women. It affects the brain, nervous system, liver and kidneys, and can endanger the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. Mercury has also been associated with tremors, insomnia, memory loss, anxiety, headaches, and Alzheimer’s disease.
There are also concerns of energy saving light bulbs can contribute to cancer. New research by Peter Braun, Alab Laboratory Berlin determined that the bulbs contain the following carcinogenic substances:
-. Phenol, which is a white crystalline toxic slightly solid acid from coal tar and used in the manufacture of chemicals
– naphthalene, which is a volatile white crystalline product created by the distillation of coal tar. It is used in the manufacture of mothballs and as raw material in the manufacture of chemicals.
-. Styrene, which is an unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid which is a byproduct of oil
Energy emit UV rays, including UV-B radiation and traces of UV-C radiation. UV radiation can cause skin cancer and is dangerous to the eyes. Radiation lamps attacks the immune system, and which interferes with the formation of vitamin D-3 by damaging the skin tissue.
Householders are told not to put these bulbs with other waste, but instead must be treated as hazardous waste. If a bulb is broken inside, all windows and doors of the house must be left open for 15 minutes to avoid exposure to poison gas.
In the near future, consumers will lose the option to buy the standard, incandescent bulbs, because they will not be on the market. The Law on Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires the replacement of all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.