Another problem with CFL bulbs: harmful UV rays

A new study was released last month by researchers from Stony Brook University. Maybe you should start wearing a hat and occlusive clothing inside your home:

“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV [ultraviolet rays] emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said Professor Rafailovich. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.” Rafailovich added that incandescent light of the same intensity had no effect on healthy skin cells, with or without the presence of TiO2. (Source)

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), by the way, is a chemical used in personal care products such as makeup and sunscreen. That’s right, folks, the TiO2 in sunscreen leads to more damage to skin cells from CFL bulbs even though it apparently helps against UV rays from the sun.

Considering earlier research on the dangers of mercury in CFL bulbs, you should banish those bulbs from your home. It’s a shame, because they use a lot less electricity. But the dangers far out-weigh the benefits.

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