Traditional incandescent bulbs, in use for over a hundred years, are gradually being replaced by the new low-energy fluorescent bulbs. Using a significant 30 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, these compact flourescents are being promoted by green-minded organizations, the United States government as well as some mega retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot. The emphatic selling point countering the initial higher cost is the overall money-saving featues. Great Britain as well as other countries are banning the use of the traditional light bulbs by the year 2012. In the U.S., laws passed by Congress demand that all light bulbs be 25 percent to 35 percent more efficient by 2014, citing $40 billion in savings between 2012 and 3040, and the need for 14 fewer coal-fired power plants.
However, some physicians are legitimately worried about the new energy efficent bulbs. In addition to the concerns over mercury pollution , Dr. Robert Sarkany, photodermatologist at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, St. Thomas Hospital in London says he is treating patients who have skin rashes due to exposure to the low-light fluourescent bulbs.
Still other doctors are concerned that the new bulbs could even cause skin cancer. According to Dr. Colin Holdon, president of the Bristish Association of Dermatologist, “It is important that patients with photosensitive skin eruptions are allowed to use lights that don’t exacerbate their condition. Photosensitive eruptions range from disabling eczema-like reactions, to light sensitivities that can ultimately lead to skin cancer.” Those suffering from lupus, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis are at greatest risk. British charities also said that the light from low-energy light bulbs also triggers migraines and epilepsy.
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(First published 01/29/11)