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Everybody knows that one good way to prevent a sunburn is to stay inside, where you're safe from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Right?
Well, that may not be true anymore if your house is lit with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Last month, researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook showed in a paper that tiny defects in the bulbs can let through UV light that can damage skin cells and lead to cancer.
The researchers' data, published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology, is preliminary, and based on experiments in a lab. In other words, there aren't any known cases of sunburn from light bulbs yet. The researchers say it's also not that hard to avoid the dangerous rays; they recommend putting the light behind glass or keeping a few feet away from the bulb.
5.0 out of 5 stars My light bulb moment 27 Oct 2011 By M. Harrison.
I have often wondered if 'low energy' light bulbs are so called because they suck the life out of you. Maybe it's the fact that when you turn on the light switch there is still time to trip over in the dark before the light comes on. Maybe it's the fact they have a hue which is the colour of an old man's vest. Or maybe it's because their longevity feels more a threat than a treat: they just sit there, two expensive to discard, too pious to disdain, like a dutiful but reluctant aged retainer that refuses to die. But then came the Philips Tornado; and it blew me away. First of all, when you hit the switch, it springs into life easily in time for you to see your next step. It is truly as bright as a 100w bulb. The light it throws is white, soft and warm like a cosy bed (and let's not get too misty eyed about the yellow tinge of tungsten). It's compact, so you don't have to see it self-righteously peeping out above the lamp shade. And when I bought it it was the price of a pint of out-of-London beer (though the price has fluctuated to London cocktail price since). What's not to like? So the fact that the bulb I have acquired on the eve of my daughter going to school, will be the same one that lights her way to University, feels just fine. And perhaps if I buy a few dozen more, the money I have saved in the interim will help pay her fees. For a morning
Originally posted by definity
I like energy saving bulbs especially when i want it to be light in about 30 minutes of switching it on.