Energy-saving bulbs emit cancer-causing chemicals

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Energy-saving bulbs may help cut down your electricity bill, but it can take a toll on your health, for a study has found that they emit cancer-causing chemicals when switched on.

Scientists in Germany have claimed that energy-saving bulbs should not be left on for long periods of time or placed close to a person's head because they release poisonous materials. They should not be used by adults to read or kept near a child's head all night, the study says.

While it's known that harmful amounts of mercury are released if one of the new "green" bulbs is broken, the latest study shows other carcinogenic chemicals are emitted when they're switched on.

The German study has shown that the chemicals are released as a form of steam. The harmful substances include phenol — a poison used by the Nazis to kill thousands of Holocaust victims — and the human toxins naphthalene and styrene, say the researchers . Tests showed that the materials used to make the lamps are probably responsible for their potentially harmful side effects.


-Thanks: Times Of India
 

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Thanks for the very informative news, Last week only i read in a newspaper, that Govt is going to issue 4 CFL for a family freely in order to save electricity.

What they are going to do now?
 

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