Ecological light bulbs, CFLs and incandescent light bulbs all contain mercury! Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin that is particularly toxic to children and pregnant women. Mercury is especially toxic in the brain, the nervous system, liver and kidneys.
Many of us are aiming to save energy and money by replacing the old standard bulbs with new ecological lamps that save energy.
However, a new generation of energy-efficient light bulbs is so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States launched an extraordinary protocol to be implemented in the event of a breakage of the bulb and release of its toxic gas.
A study carried out by scientists from Fraunhofer’s Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut has shown that these light bulbs, if they break indoors, emit 20 times more mercury than the maximum limit allowed.
Energy-efficient light bulbs can cause:
- Inability to concentrate;
This has led some people start an initiative to return to traditional light bulbs, because:
- Eco bulbs contain mercury, a powerful neurotoxin that can cause damage to the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. Mercury can lead to tremors, insomnia, memory loss, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
- Energy saving light bulbs contain cancer causing chemicals (1).
Research conducted by Prof. Peter Brown in Berlin’s Alab Laboratory has shown that these bulbs contain toxic carcinogens that can cause cancer:
- Phenol is a mildly acidic toxin in the form of crystals which are obtained from coal tar and is used in the chemical industry;
- Naphthalene, flammable compound in the form of crystals, which is formed by the distillation of coal tar, which is used as a raw material in the chemical industry;
- Styrene, unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid which is obtained as a by-product in the production of petroleum.
- Eco bulbs emit a large amount of UV radiation.
Energy saving lamps that emit UV-B radiation and a small amount of UV-C radiation have been detected. It is universally recognized that UV radiation harms the skin (causes skin cancer) and eyes. Radiation from energy-efficient light bulbs directly affects the immune system and damages the skin tissue to such an extent that prevents the formation of vitamin D.
Finally, these bulbs are so toxic that should not be thrown in the regular trash. They are hazardous waste.
Andreas Kirchner, Federation of German Engineers, notes that electrical smog develops around these lamps. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.
If you break one in the house, open the windows and doors and leave the house at least 15 minutes in order to minimize exposure to toxic gases.