Several scientists, led by Miriam Rafailovich at Garcia Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at SUNY Stony Brook, did studies on many different types and brands of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs from across Long Island to determine the amount of Ultraviolet rays the bulbs put out in a home. They were disturbed just how bad the light bulbs phosphor coatings were. Without a proper coating as has already been determined it causes them to give off a significant level of Ultraviolet C and Ultraviolet A.
There are a few studies that indicate that Ultraviolet C is the most dangerous wavelength that can cause skin cancer.
“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said Rafailovich.
Consumers should be concerned when using compact fluorescent light bulbs to save on energy because many of the bulbs out there have thin coatings that do nothing to protect you against skin cancer. You most definitely want to avoid using any UV light bulb at close range. In all scenarios where they could be used make sure there is an additional glass barrier of some kind between the bulb and your skin.
In the research done by these scientists they were able to verify that healthy human skin tissue cells were damaged. There is a cell known as a fibroblast that you will find in connective tissue that creates things like collagen and keratinocytes. These cells that are epidermal layer cells were damaged by the CFL radiation.
Healthy human skin tissue cells, including fibroblasts, a type of cell found in connective tissue that produces collagen, and keratinocytes, an epidermal cell that produces keratin, were damaged by the Compact Fluorescent Light radiation.
When comparing the new CFL bulbs with that of the Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs of the same intensity there was absolutely no damage to the cells.
Now good luck getting this information out to the public. There are plenty of ego’s that have championed CFL bulbs that will not be able to say, “I was wrong”. I’m not saying don’t use them but you better have some good layer of extra glass and distance protecting you. Also, be careful where you have these things near your kids.
Getting skin cell damage as a young child is the easiest way to develop skin cancer later on in life and skin cancer is extremely deadly if not caught early.