Sitting under a tube of hot mercury vapor could make you sick. Imagine that.
I know when I put it that way it sounds obvious there’s something wrong with it.
But that’s exactly how millions of Americans spend their days: Basking in the warm, toxic glow of fluorescent lighting.
If you think it’s perfectly safe, I’ve got a new study you need to see.
And by the time you’re done reading this, you just might head out in search of new bulbs. But don’t worry, I can help shed some light there, too.
Study exposes TRUE risks of fluorescent lighting
In experiments on both fish and mice, researchers found that fluorescent lights trigger a genetic response that causes inflammation levels and immune system pathways to go crazy.
And not just in one little spot.
They saw it in the skin, where you might expect since that’s where the light hits. But they also saw it happen in the liver and even the brain.
These were animal studies on fish and mice. So more research is needed to see exactly how the fluorescent lights are affecting US. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re exempt just because you don’t have gills or a tail.
Because the evidence against this kind of lighting has been building for years. And in addition to immune system problems they’ve been linked to migraines, eye strain, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.
How to stock up on safer lightbulbs
So like I said earlier, it might be time to do some shopping.
The problem with lightbulb shopping is wherever you go… whether it’s Home Depot or your local grocery store… the lighting aisle is full of confusing choices.
- compact fluorescents (CFLs)
The fluorescent lightbulbs which are linked to immune disorders in the new study aren’t limited to those big long tubes anymore. The compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, as the name implies, are just smaller versions of them. They come complete with mercury, and no doubt have the same ill effects.
LED lights are safer, in that there’s no mercury, but they’re heavy in light from the blue wavelengths.
They don’t LOOK blue to the eye, but that’s how your brain sees it – and when your brain sees blue, it thinks of blue skies and daytime, so it never triggers the evening release of the “sleep” hormone melatonin.
That can lead to some serious sleep struggles.
If you really want LED bulbs, there are a growing number of blue-free options that look a lot like normal lighting. Just shop around and get used to reading packaging.
Then, there are the old fashioned incandescent bulbs. They’re not perfect, but they’re the best option we have, especially if you can find a full-spectrum bulb.
Naturally, the powers that be are trying to take them away because they’ve labeled them “too inefficient.” They’ve pushing fluorescent and have already banned several types of incandescents. And next year a second wave of restrictions kicks in.
When that happens it could mean many incandescent bulbs leave the market for good. So be sure to stock up now!
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