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That big ball of incandescent gas in the sky isn’t the only source of harmful ultraviolet rays. Stony Brook University scientists say that UV radiation can also escape from cracks in the phosphor coating of compact fluorescent bulbs. In fact, most of the bulbs they examined had chips on their surface, likely because the coating is brittle and has trouble making the tight bends required to make the bulbs compact, according to Miriam Rafailovich, a professor of materials science and engineering at the college and director of the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces in Long Island, NY.

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One Response to “Can Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Increase the Risk of Skin Cancer?”

  1. Eletruk says:

    Fox News was all over this, gleefully declaring how these CFLs were rammed down our throats before adequate testing was done.
    Of course they talked about how they cost more too, but failed to mention the amount of mercury you get from a coal plant that powers their beloved incandescent bulbs is much greater than that you would be exposed to if the bulb were to break. And of course they didn’t mention how much money you save using them.
    “at this point I wouldn’t have people panicking about this.”, but Fox News does.

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