Health Issues of Low-Energy Bulbs - Reports Unscientific

In recent weeks the BBC has been reporting that Low-Energy bulbs are linked with health issues.  However you might be intrested to know that an article on 

Dear BBC, I am very disappointed that you have not asked for any peer-reviewed science to support the claims that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) “worsen rashes” or “cause migraines“.  … It is well known that migraines can be caused by stress, food and daylight, so saying that CFLs are responsible for light-sensitive medical conditions, while ignoring all of the other everyday triggers is a significant claim to make and grossly unscientific. … Similarly, the claims that rashes are worsened by CFLs assumes that someone is using very outdated fluorescent tubes.
Dr Matt Prescott, Director, Ban The Bulb

You can read the full text of the comments Matt sent to the BBC on his website: “Migraines, rashes, peer-reviewed science?” 5th Jan 2008,

I would expect Matt to updating his website when he get’s a reply from the BBC.

On a “GOING GREEN’ note, Matt made one other comment that was very interesting, carbon foot print related: “The UK’s ban of incandescents will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2-3 million tonnes“.

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    The BBC has updated it’s website again:

    It seems the the majority of the coments made to date have been directed at Fluorescent lights … rather than LEDs.

    Kevin Verdun of the Lighting Association said: “Fluorescent strips, like the ones used in garages and kitchens, also contain mercury and have been used for many years without poisoning anyone.”

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