Yet another report adds to previously known dangers from these screwy bulbs.
“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.” Only the left could get away with calling these disasters “environmentally-friendly.”
The report advises, “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.” So only use them to illuminate an unoccupied room?? Another researcher says, “I, therefore, use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.” So now you can't use them in desk or reading lamps or for bedside lighting?
I guess I'll have to get lamps to put on the far side of the living room when I want to do close work such as hand sewing — no, wait – that won't be enough light.
Additionally, “Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, [said] that the bulbs could result in higher breast cancer rates if used late at night.[because of the spectrum of light disrupting melatonin levels].” Lastly, “The Migraine Action Association has warned that they could trigger migraines and skin care specialists have claimed that their intense light could exacerbate a range of existing skin problems.”
Don't these sound like fun?