CFL-PenniesThe downside of the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL’s) is well documented—ranging from their mercury content, the environmental hazards they pose in our landfills and their inherently unreliable performance.

You can now add to the list a significant risk to human health. Appearing recently on the Simi Sara afternoon show on CKNW Radio, university researcher and dermatologist Dr. John Hawk, of Kings College in London, England, issued a warning about CFL bulbs and their effect on people with skin and eye issues.

The problem is that compact fluorescent bulbs emit ultra-violet rays, which can have a mild to potentially serious impact on people, depending on their skin type and whether they have any preconditioned skin problems. Dr. Hawk is a specialist in the effects of ultra-violet radiation on human skin and he urges people with CFL’s in their homes to keep their distance.

Dr. Hawk reports that people who are exposed to the CFL bulbs, particularly in close proximity to reading and desk lamps, can develop such conditions a sun-rash and other forms of skin irritation. CFL’s can also damage the eyes and people with migraines and mild epilepsy should avoid them because their conditions can be worsened by the faint flickering of these bulbs , which although almost imperceptible have a subtle but serious effect over time.

He acknowledged that he hasn’t bought a CFL bulb and wouldn’t use them in his own home. He also pointed out that he has brought these issues to attention of various government agencies in Europe over the years but to no avail.

To hear more of the Dr. Hawk interview you can access the archived May 14, 2014, 1 p.m. podcast of the Simi Sara show. (The interview begins at 19m:10s)

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