Lew Rockwell.com:SBU Study Reveals Harmful Effects of CFL Bulbs to Skin


January 6, 2013 by tjefferson2076

I’ve been saying this for a long time.  The Compact Florescent Lightbulbs are not only more expensive, contain mercury thus making them toxic to you and the environment, but they also can cause ultraviolet damage to your skin (aka can cause skin cancer).  The safe, albeit slightly more energy intensive, Thomas Edison incandescent lightbulbs are soon to be phased out, but they are still available.  I encourage you to quickly stockpile these lightbulbs for your home before they are banned, or we convince our culture to common sense principles and let consumers make the decision for themselves on what sort of lightbulbs they want to have in their homes.  In a way, you can argue that the state, by “saving the environment” is trying to poison you…not some chemtrail theory.  BTW,  I have about a 10 – 15 year supply of incandescent lightbulbs.


Inspired by a European study, a team of Stony Brook University researchers looked into the potential impact of healthy human skin tissue (in vitro) being exposed to ultraviolet rays emitted from compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The results, “The Effects of UV Emission from CFL Exposure on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes in Vitro,” were published in the June issue of the journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology.

The researchers, led by Miriam Rafailovich, PhD, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook, conducted similar research to a European study on Light Sensitivity. Stony Brook researchers collected CFL bulbs purchased from different locations across Suffolk and Nassau counties, and then measured the amount of UV emissions and the integrity of each bulb’s phosphor coatings. Results revealed significant levels of UVC and UVA, which appeared to originate from cracks in the phosphor coatings, present in all CFL bulbs studied.

At Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), the team took the same bulbs and studied the effects of exposure on healthy human skin tissue cells, including: fibroblasts, a type of cell found in connective tissue that produces collagen; and keratinocytes, an epidermal cell that produces keratin, the key structural material in the outer layer of human skin. Tests were repeated with incandescent light bulbs of the same intensity and with the introduction of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, which are found in personal care products normally used for UV absorption.

“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV 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.

“Despite their large energy savings, consumers should be careful when using compact fluorescent light bulbs,” said Professor Rafailovich. “Our research shows that it is best to avoid using them at close distances and that they are safest when placed behind an additional glass cover.”

The research, funded by the National Science Foundation, was a collaboration of Stony Brook University and New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM). Co-authors of the study include: Dr. Rafailovich; Dr. Tatsiana Mironava, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering, Stony Brook University and Senior Research Support Specialist, NYSTEM; Dr. Michael Hadjiargyrou, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University; and Dr. Marcia Simon, Professor, Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and the Director of the Living Skin Bank at Stony Brook.

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One thought on “Lew Rockwell.com:SBU Study Reveals Harmful Effects of CFL Bulbs to Skin

  1. EthanAllen2076 says:

    and I, a 3 to 5 year supply of oil for lamps, and 20,000 burning hours in candles.

    I will be buying my bulbs soon.

    CFL’s are also, and ONLY, made in China.

    Why not an American business to pick up on this coming BOOM to the market…? Interesting question, wouldn’t you say?

    In the winter months, actually, the incandescents, which burn more electricity, also provide heat to your home, which makes their intended use (so long as you are commanding to have lights on) 100% efficient. CFLs have an electrical converter in their base which automatically makes them less than 100% efficient, 100% of the time. ALSO, they are said to last 5x the life of an incandescent, but the part they do not tell you is their weakest and most vulnerable failure mode is the SWITCHING on and off…which happens, in my house, oh, probably 20 times per day. ANY CFL I have ever had, has been replaced JUST AS often, or more frequently than it’s incandescent counterpart, simply due to the cycle count (switching on and off) on the internal ballast.

    …It’s not a simple government oops, but an intentional act to destroy us from within. I know I know, just a simple lightbulb Ethan…but it is my opinion.

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