New Study: Eco ( CFL) Bulbs Cause Cancer

A damning new study conducted by German scientists has found that so-called energy saving light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer and should be “kept as far away as possible from the human environment,” but Americans will be forced to replace their traditional light bulbs with toxic CFLs ahead of a government ban set to take effect at the start of next year.

“German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene,” reports the London Telegraph.

The study, conducted by Peter Braun at the Berlin’s Alab Laboratory, led the scientists involved to warn that the bulbs should only be used sparingly, in areas with good ventilation, and “definitely not in the proximity of the head,” due to the danger of the electrical smog the bulbs generate impacting human health.

That’s going to cause difficulties for Americans who will be forced to buy the bulbs following a government ban on traditional incandescent lighting that comes into effect on January 1, 2012.

A 2007 bill signed in to law by President George W. Bush mandates that, “Manufacturers will no longer be able to make the 100-watt Thomas Edison bulb after Jan. 1, 2012, followed by the 75-watt version in Jan. 2013, and the the 60- and 40-watt bulbs in Jan. 2014.”

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5 Responses to “New Study: Eco ( CFL) Bulbs Cause Cancer”

  1. Unfortunately the cancer issue is not the only problem with CFLs, or even LEDs…

    CFL Safety
    ( )
    Home Safety
    Fire Risks — Radiation — Health

    The CFL Mercury Issue
    Breakage — Recycling — Dumping — Mining — Manufacturing — Transport — Power Plants

    LEDs: The Lead and Arsenic Issue
    Lead, arsenic and other toxic content, home breakage and disposal concerns

    The Overall Small Energy Savings
    USA Dept of Energy and EU official sources, less than 1% of society energy usage saved from light bulb regulations

    ….notice also how major light bulb manufacturers welcome the ban on unprofitable cheap simple types of incandescent light bulbs,
    allowing them to sell more CFLs, that people would not otherwise buy – and, arguably, justifiably would not buy…..

  2. No one is forced to buy CFL bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs were not banned by George Bush; new efficiency standards were established taking effect 2012 (see Energy and Independence Act 2007) Philips Halogena lightbulbs are safe alternatives.

  3. lighthouse Says:

    Re Jackie comment
    “Noone is forced to buy CFLs”
    “This is not a ban” etc

    Not allowing light bulbs that do not reach a certain standard is the same as banning them:
    and Halogens (or other allowed “efficient” incandescents),
    are not the same as ordinary simple incandescents,
    will only temporarily be allowed in the US as in the EU,
    they also have a whiter light and cost much more for the small savings, which is why neither governments or consumers like them, as they have been around a while – also in post-ban EU, Halogens only available in certain shops and in small ranges
    More on this here:
    “This is not a ban”
    = The “Halogens Allowed” ploy, by pro-ban governments

  4. No authoritative or regulatory body anywhere in the world classifies styrene to be a known cause of human cancer. Moreover, a study conducted by a “blue ribbon” panel of epidemiologists and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (November 2009) reports: “The evidence of human carcinogenicity of styrene is inconsistent and weak. On the basis of the available evidence, one cannot conclude that there is a causal relationship between styrene and any type of human cancer.”

    Priscilla Briones for the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC), Arlington, Virginia. SIRC ( is a trade association representing interests of the North American styrene industry with its mission being the collection, development, analysis and communication of pertinent information on styrene.

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