posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 05:24 PM
They are planning to ban the Good Old incandescent bulbs in the European Union starting from September 2009, this year! The first ones to go are the
bright 100 watt bulbs and all other lower-power bulbs with a matte glass. The rest of them will go a bit later. I have already bought a good supply of
incandescent light bulbs for my future needs, so that I won't have to smuggle them from Russia in the future. You never know, you might have to face
even a jail sentence or at least a hefty fine of committing such an unlawful act against the Society.
The UV exposure in the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) is true, and some people may be overly sensitive to them. The "white" light emitted from the
CFLs is created by ultraviolet radiation, which is converted to visible light in the white coating inside the fluorescent tube. However, the UV
radiation is usually not filtered out by a transparent cover. This cover will eat some of the light power off the lamp, so it will appear dimmer than
it is supposed to be. This protective cover also tends to decrease the life-span of these lamps due to the resulting higher temperature of the lamp
electronic parts, so the lamps are very commonly built with a bare fluorescent tube, in order to make them seem "long life" lamps.
The "dirty electricity" emitted from the CFLs is a controversial thing, but there are may people who really are sensitive especially to
low-frequency electric fields that the CFLs do emit. Some lamps also emit higher radio frequencies. This is a phenomenon that all us radio amateurs
(ham radio guys) know – the radio noise levels in the surroundings have gone up together with the CFL lights becoming more common.
The Good Old incandescent bulbs do not emit mentionable amounts of UV radiation, and neither do they emit disturbing electric or radio frequency
fields that may cause problem to some people either. And the Wise Politicians are planning to ban them, as they contain no toxic elements and they are
not causing electromagnetic interference either. All the old lamps do is create pure, natural light – and lots of heat.
At least in my country the ban of incandescent bulbs is crazy, as the bulbs will aid in heating our houses, which then reduces the need of other
heating methods. You know, in the Northern Europe we need to have the heating turned on during nine months of the year, sometimes ten (if the summer
happens to be chilly).
They really should have done more tests about the effects of banning the incandescent light bulbs, and also research the people who are noticeably
sensitive to either the UV radiation or the low-frequency electromagnetic fields of the CFLs. Even if the science can not yet explain or even
understand the potentially adverse effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields to us human beings, there are lots of people who do suffer from
them. The most important thing the Science should do now is NOT to ignore these living pieces of evidence!
But the history is again repeating itself, it seems.
Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain.