Ecological Light Bulbs Linked to Cancer

Proof that ecological light bulbs could pose a legitimate health risk.  

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You’ve likely heard the narrative that we need to consume less energy in order to “lower our carbon foot print.”

Well, that could led to cancer.

Many states have recently mandated the use of energy efficient light bulbs but research suggests that they could be hazardous to your health.  According the the government’s Energy Saver website, these are the advantages for using LEDs and CFLs:

  • Typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money
  • Can last 3-25 times longer.

The site also claims that these bulbs cost less and will allow consumers to save money in the long run on the energy bills.  In 2014 the US, following other world leaders such as the EU and Australia began to phase-out the iridescent light bulbs in favor of these energy saving bulbs.  As time passed we have now learned the truth about these light bulbs.

The reality is, these ecological bulbs are made with harmful chemicals including mercury. They have been found to be so toxic that the EPA had to create emergency protocol in the event that a bulb breaks.  A study performed by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency proved that these bulbs emit gasses that exceed the acceptable amount of mercury concentration in the air by 20%.

Here are some of the side effects from these bulbs:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Loss
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nervousness
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimers
  • Emit large amounts of UV radiation

Part of the reason these bulbs are so toxic is the Mercury inside of the bulbs, which could lead to damage in the immune, cardiovascular and reproductive system.  It has been linked with causing toxicity to:

  • Children
  • Pregnant Women
  • Brain
  • Nervous system
  • Liver
  • Kidneys

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Once again the “Climate change” agenda has lead people to damage their health in the name of “saving the planet”.  Society must analyze if the steps being taken now to “preserve the Earth “are healthy for people as well as the environment.

But all hope is not lost, a recent article from the Telegraph shared that MIT has just come up with a solution to make incandescent bulbs even more efficient than LEDs.

Using a technique they have dubbed “Recycling light” the researchers at MIT have discovered that “by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through. ”

Compared to the traditionally light bulb efficiency of 5%, these new bulbs are estimated to have a 40% efficiency.

This is truly exciting, as the main push for the phase-out was due to the incandescent bulbs lack of efficiency.  With these new bulbs we can surpass the efficiency of the ecological bulbs and no longer be subject to the dangers caused by mercury contained in LEDs.

To read the full article from The Telegraph click here.

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