"[WINNIPEG] - The [Canadian] government is reviewing the safety of
energy-saving light bulbs, responding to concerns the low-cost green
alternative may emit potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation.
"Health Canada launched a study in December to test compact fluorescent
bulbs to see if they emit ultraviolet rays - less than two months after
British health officials issued a public warning that, in proximity, the
bulbs emit UV rays similar to outdoor exposure levels on a sunny summer
From the article:
The United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency now recommends people
should not be closer than 30 centimetres from an energy-saving light
bulb for more than one hour per day, since it is like exposing bare skin
to direct sunlight. The agency warns the emissions could cause problems
for people suffering from medical conditions like lupus.
So lessee: 30 cm = less than a foot in real measurements. So if you're
less than a foot away from a CFL (doesn't say what wattage, by the way)
for more than an hour a day, it *could* be like "exposing bare skin to
direct sunlight", something a lot of human beans do anyhow in the course
of their life.
So *if* you suffer from a medical condition like lupus, maybe you ought
not sit closer than a foot to a CFL bulb (of indeterminate wattage) for
more than an hour a day.
Me, I don't think I'll sweat it just yet.
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