So I’ve got a house full of CFL bulbs. There are a few places where I don’t use them (mostly on dimmers) but if possible, I put one in. I’d rather the government let US make the choices we like and NOT mandate them, but that has not prevented my being an ‘early adopter’ and using them widely. (And when I say ‘early adopter’, I mean ‘way early’. I was using CFLs back when you had to special order them and use special adapters to add an outboard magnetic ballast to fixtures to make them work… circa the 1980s).
OK, I’ve ranted about the mandate and made a list of all the ways they are NOT the right bulb in some places. But… What if there were more widespread “issues” with them? Things that made school kids sick and set off Lupus sufferers?
Welcome to Canada:
In this video, a Lupus sufferer is shown to have a dramatic skin reaction to the bulb. It is asserted that this is from UV leakage.
Then we have the notion of ‘Dirty Electricity’. As near as I can tell, a tendency to put Radio Frequency Interference or RFI onto the household wiring. The assertion is that this can cause things from headaches to feeling sick.
It includes a neurologist saying that his migraine was triggered by a CFL. So makes me wonder if it’s time to wear a tin foil hat RFI shield… Or maybe I’ll just put a bunch of capacitors on the circuits… Then again, I have to wonder what that Wirless Router is doing to the local RF fields. And the airport radar just a couple of miles away. And the cell phone. And..
Here is Part 3 about Health Canada and what they are going to ‘do about it’. (I suggest buying a stock of light bulbs in the USA :-) At about 7 minutes in it turns into previews of coming stories…
CBS has discovered that the CFL has mercury in them and “that’s bad”…
But the Fox News 1/2 Hour News Hour does a better job of it:
But at least it’s not a paranoid rant about Brain Eating Vaccines…
Don’t know who the guy with the beard is at about 11 minutes in, but supposedly his demonic… Agenda 21 material.
Don’t know if I ought to laugh or cry. But maybe I’ll change out my CFLs for a week first.
This post is courtesy of a side trip I was sent down via the recommendation from Scarlet Pumpernickel that I take a look at this link which claims that CFLs are killing us. It includes an assertion that Diabetic blood sugar can be ramped up via ‘dirty electricity’ and that it can cause behaviour disorders and asthma…
So, is it time to break out the candles and put in skylights?