30 May '11, 9am

Dim bulbs: @AskUmbra on the supposed dangers of CFLs

Dim bulbs: @AskUmbra on the supposed dangers of CFLs

My sister recently posted a story about CFLs causing cancer to her Facebook feed. Is there anything to this latest attempt to vilify the little lamps? Brian Spokane, Wash. Are these maybe not such a bright idea? More research is needed. Photo: Derek Gavey A. Dearest Brian, Those little lamps. They need defending again. I don't know what it is about compact fluorescent bulbs. The odd, gentle curve of the bulb? The way they, oh, save people energy and money? How they reduce pollution? Something about them brings out the haters. No haterade for us, Brian. We will be swilling the sweet lemonade of reduced energy use. I took a look at the piece in The Telegraph that your sister posted, and I admit that I got a bit excited. Nothing gives me a thrill like putting on the ol' Debunking Hat and investigating some spurious journalism. Essentially, some scientists in Germany said CFLs...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-home/2011-05-30-dim-bulbs-umbr...

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