The good old-fashioned Edison incandescent light bulb has been around for more than a century. That soft, warm and golden glow that we all grew up with has been time-tested and has never been known to cause or worsen any illness or disease. Emerging worldwide reports regarding Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL) have implicated them with some very negative health consequences.

CFL Bulbs Worsen Lupus, Epilepsy and Migraines

The European Union (EU) agreed to phase out incandescent light bulbs in 2008 (prior to the U.S.) According to published studies provided to the British Parliament in 2010, some citizens that suffer from light sensitivity, Lupus sufferers, Epilepsy and Migraines have reported that their conditions are worsened by Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL). According to The Migraine Action Association (MAA) in the U.K., low energy bulbs can trigger a Migraine attack. Thirty-Six million Americans suffer from migraines headaches.

CFL and Risk of Cancer

Inspired by European CFL studies, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York found that CFL bulbs emit high levels of ultraviolet radiation, specifically UVC and UVA rays. In fact, the UV rays are so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells. Experts say that the radiation could initiate cell death and cause skin cancer in its deadliest form – melanoma. In every bulb the researchers tested, they found that the protective phosphor coating of the light bulb was cracked allowing dangerous UV rays to escape. The result of this study, which was published in the June issue of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, was funded by the National Science Foundation.

CFL and Lupus

The study conducted by the researchers at Stony Brook University might explain why Lupus sufferers have reported more adverse reactions or flares when exposed to CFLs or florescent lighting. There are 1.4 million Americans that suffer from Lupus. According to the American Lupus Foundation as much as 66% of people with a Lupus diagnosis say that they experience photosensitivity to CFLs or florescent lighting.

CFL Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders

About 2.2 million Americans suffer from Epilepsy also referred as Seizure Disorders (65 million worldwide.) According to the Epilepsy Foundation, seizure triggers can be provoked by an external stimulus such as flashing lights. An EEG response to repetitive light stimulation is called “photosensitivity” and is seen in about 25 percent of individuals with primary generalized epilepsy.