US Congress, State Legislators, Manufacturers: Are Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Safe? Cancer?
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Fluorescent lightbulbs are a hidden danger in almost everyones homes. It's a danger to children, and all people not to mention how toxic this is to the environment. There is mercury, phenol, Naphthalene, and Styrene in the fluorescent bulbs. Which studies are revealing that they can cause cancer.
We have to ask what happens to those lightbulbs and the chemicals when they are thrown away, and how do they affect humans??
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.”
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.
Andreas Kirchner, of the Federation of German Engineers, said: “Electrical smog develops around these lamps. Reports advise that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.
Chemicals in our light bulbs:
Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenol).
Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphth…).
Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styrene).
“I, therefore, use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.”
The latest report follows claims by Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, that the bulbs could result in higher breast cancer rates if used late at night.
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