I have been beside myself knowing that the land of Edison no longer makes light bulbs. I am glad Edison didn’t have to live to see this. He’d be even more upset than I am. That’s not the end of the story however. The new GREEN lightbulbs, besides their inherent ugliness, might cause cancer. Plus you need something close to Hazmat to clean up a broken bulb. And get this, they can’t be near your head because they create an electrical smog. What kind of garbage are our fearless leaders pushing on us. They need to stop trying to control things they know nothing about. This new measure was passed by Congress in 2007 and it’s another “shooting from the hip” reaction to a perceived problem.
Spiral energy-saving light bulbs could cause cancer, German scientists have found.
They say the compact fluorescent lamp bulbs should not be left on for long as they send poison into the atmosphere when switched on, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
And in particular, the scientists warn, they should be kept away from people’s heads due to an “electrical smog” of phenol, naphthalene and styrene.
“For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” warned Peter Braun, who carried out research in Berlin.
Fellow researcher Andreas Kirchner added: “They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.”
Earlier this year an Israeli report suggested CFL bulbs could trigger breast cancer and there have been fears about the environmental damage they could cause if dumped in landfills.
Despite those worries — and the fact they can cost up to six times as much as traditional incandescent bulbs — the CFL bulbs are in wide use worldwide. They are said to cut energy costs significantly and have a much longer lifespan.
Congress passed a measure in 2007 to phase out incandescent bulbs completely by 2014. Read more here: