Do CFL Light Bulbs Cause Headaches?

01/20/11 | Copyright Synergy Lighting USA | Call us today for sales and pricing information: Toll Free: 1-877-220-5483

Over the years we have often heard customers complain that fluorescent light bulbs cause them to suffer from headaches. But was it really the bulbs?  Or, was it simply the slight flickering of older ballasts going bad causing brief subtleties in the eye that was causing headaches, or could it be more than that?   The magnetic ballast for T12 uses coiled wire and creates magnetic fields to transform voltage, and in the United States operates at 60 Hz.   This means that for intensive purposes, the light bulbs are actually being turned on an off 60 times per second.  Surely some eyes would be bothered if the flickering became more noticeable.   So when our customers changed from magnetic ballasts to the new electronic ballasts that operates at over 20,000hz, many of these complaints of headaches went away.

Scientists Claim CFL’s Pose A Health Risk

SYLVANIA CFL LIGHT BULBSLately, with the banning of incandescent light bulbs, the compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) have grown exponentially as the common place light bulb of today.  Operating with self contained electronic ballasts, we would initially believe that surely no one would suffer headaches from these energy saving light bulbs.  However, scientists have recently started talking publicly about CFL’s and Dirty Energy and claims that CFL’s actually pose a health risk.  We must wonder if health could really be affected by CFL’s and what about the lamps would cause this issue?  

What is Dirty Energy?

Dirty Energy is defined as any negative result from an energy product.  This could be harmful gases created from coal burning, to ultra violet emissions to electromagnetic energy.  CFL BULBS CAUSE DIRTY ENERGYBasically if the energy produced or any portion of the process to make the energy can be harmful to anyone or the environment than it would be considered dirty energy.  So then we must ask, do CFL’s cause dirty energy?   16:9 a Canadian reporting television show leads us to believe that they do in a 2009 story that never aired in the U.S.   Their research yields an interest to the ideal that CFL’s produce electromagnetic emissions that cause serious health risks and headaches.  We know T12 linear fluorescent ballasts use and electromagnetic field to generate light from a fluorescent bulb, so could that have been what was causing customers headaches at work?  Is the energy saving created by CFL’s worth health problems?

You be the judge!

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1 Harold R
03:43:00, 01/08/11

Since CFL light bulbs cause headaches, I think thats why led lights have become more and more popular.

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