CFL (or Compact Fluorescent) bulbs are now commonplace in most Australian households, however many Aussie families are still not aware of the potential health risks these ‘twirly’ bulbs bring with them.
Since the phase out of incandescent bulbs began in Australia in February 2009, supermarket shelves have been flooded with CFL bulbs as the ‘energy smart’ choice for home lighting. Consuming less than half the electricity as their incandescent counterparts, they appear (at least on the surface) to be a great alternative to the old style power hungry incandescent bulbs.
However, as many individuals are now discovering, these bulbs contain Mercury, a toxic heavy metal which is especially dangerous for children & pregnant women. The bulbs are relatively ‘safe’ unless broken, which sadly is a common occurrence.
In a report by The Scientific American it was noted that when a bulb breaks, “Mercury escapes as vapor that can be inhaled and as a fine powder that can settle into carpet and other textiles. At least one case of mercury poisoning has been linked to fluorescents.”
“Even at low levels, mercury is capable of causing a number of health problems including impaired motor functioning, cognitive ability and emotional problems. Higher or prolonged exposure can result in much more serious health problems.”
If that wasn’t enough, CFL’s also emit ultra-violet rays which have been linked to health issues. The Australian Government’s Climate Change website even has a page dedicated to ‘minimising the ultra-violet light exposure’ from CFL bulbs.
“Sitting close to a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), or halogen lamp, and being able to see the exposed light bulb means that some UV radiation will be received from the lamp,” explains the Government site.
Fortunately there is an alternative that not only eliminates ALL of these health risks but it is also twice as energy efficient as the supposed ‘energy smart’ CFL bulbs.
LED bulbs are by far the best choice for homes & businesses and are completely safe & non-toxic. Although you’ll pay more for an LED bulb they are designed to last anywhere from 10 to 30+ years depending on your usage so the value far outweighs the investment.
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