THE LOW-ENERGY BULBS, HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH?

low energy bulbs

Consumption – they could be harmful because of their mercury content …

Consumer Safety Commission (CSC) recommends taking precautions when choosing or using low energy light bulbs, while their potential harmfulness made debate, she said Tuesday in a statement. low-energy light bulbs, also called compact fluorescent lamps, took over from conventional incandescent lamps, too greedy in electricity, says the CSC. They consume four to five times less energy for equivalent performance in terms of lighting and according to the manufacturers, their lifespan is between 6,000 and 10,000 hours against 1000 hours for a conventional bulb. but their potential harmfulness being debated in terms of mercury content and level of emission of electromagnetic waves, adds csc. in the current state of knowledge, the commission advises consumers to favor the purchase of lamps displaying amounts of mercury as small as possible.

Keep a distance of 30 centimeters In case of breakage of one of these lamps, it recommends long ventilated and leave and then pick up the pieces carefully with gloves and paper towels and place them in plastic bags, but do not use the vacuum cleaner, which helps suspend in the air mercury particles.

She also advises to keep a minimum distance of 30 centimeters from a lamp of this type in case of prolonged exposure. In addition, the CSC urges the authorities to determine the maximum acceptable values ​​for exposure to mercury vapors in ambient air and hopes that the European directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment currently in force be revised to take into account technological advances, lowering the maximum level of mercury content five to less than two milligrams per lamp.

Similarly, the Committee encourages professionals to make, thanks to new technologies available, lamps containing the least amount of mercury and emits less intense electromagnetic radiation.

The SCC independent administrative authority created by the law of 21 July 1983 on the Consumer safety is composed of judges of the higher courts, representatives of professional colleges and consumers and qualified personalities, she said on its website.