New light bulbs could leave you burned... literally
You might get sunburned without even leaving your home -- because the expensive new CFL light bulbs the feds are FORCING you to buy could roast you alive.
You know the bulbs I'm talking about -- the ones that look like corkscrews made out of glass. They're supposed to be better for the environment, which is a bizarre claim since they're loaded with mercury.
But toxic heavy metals aren't the only problems with these things. Unlike your old light bulbs, these new monstrosities emit UV light. The white protective coating over the bulb is supposed to block those UV rays, but a new study finds they do a lousy job of it.
Nearly every single CFL bulb tested by researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook contained tiny cracks and bald spots in the protective coating, allowing UV rays to seep out.
Now, I'm not one to panic over a little UV exposure. But I'm also not going to sit here and tell you to bask in UV light every waking minute, which is what will happen once these bulbs are in every socket, as mandated by U.S. law.
Besides, even without the UV light these bulbs are practically death rays. Some people have reported dizziness and seizures after sitting under them, while others say they trigger migraines.
And like I said earlier, they're loaded with mercury. The feds say not much, but every bulb contains enough of the toxic heavy metal to contaminate 6,000 gallons of water if it breaks.
Does that sound safe to you? Of course not -- but soon, you're not going to have a choice since the old incandescent bulbs are being phased out under federal law.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of those bulbs, either -- but they're light years ahead of these new ones. Stock up on them now... if you can still find them.