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Subject: Re: killer CFL bulbs hazard? Date: 1/3/2013 8:29 PM
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I saw this posted on PA and looked into it. I had anticipated that it might turn out to be unfounded hysteria, but after a little research, I think these researchers have identified something that people should keep in mind.

Here are some other references with a little more information:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-compact...

. . . 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.” A simple shade wouldn't hurt either. Tatiana Mironova, the study’s co-author, admits to Media Matters that "there is no link in scientific literature between CFL exposure and cancer."

My simple advice: use common sense and, as Rafailovich advises, be careful, folks. After all, you wouldn’t roll around on the floor in the same area where you’ve just broken a CFL bulb — remember, the much-maligned energy-saving bulbs do contain trace amounts of mercury and should be properly handled and disposed of when they break or expire — now would you?


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-compact...

... Rafailovich explained that at close range, around a foot or so, CFL exposure is "the equivalent of sunbathing at the equator.

But at any rate, I don't think tele needs to worry. A tin foil hat will certainly protect him completely from any damaging UV radiation.
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