Electro Smog

Summarized from Spiegel Online International

The staggered phase out of energy-wasting light bulbs begins on Sept. 1 in Germany. The unpopularity of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs that will replace them is leading consumers and retailers to start hoarding the traditional bulbs.

The search is on for energy-saving alternatives to the so called EU or CFL light-bulbs. Alternatives that don't harm the health of the producer or the user. Given time safer alternatives will naturally develop. Needless to say there are several alternatives in the pipe-line.

A warm Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) that breaks should be disposed of with care:

Are you aware that the EU has decided that energy-efficient light-bulbs are to replace "normal" light-bulbs by 2012? The yellow canary suggests that you read the following report from The Sunday Times that claims that hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West.

From The Sunday Times
May 3, 2009

Within 3 months of installing 30 so called energy-efficient lightbulbs: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) a US technician, who researchers cutting-edge clean technology, was troubled by exceptional ill health. These 30 lightbulbs were installed in his home and during these three months he and his family all developed unusual health problems including chronic migraines, nausea, skin rashes and arthritic-like conditions.