Jan 21

Imagine my absence of shock.

See also:

Extremely Toxic “Green” Mercury Light Bulbs (Made in China)

German Outwits EU Light Bulb Ban

‘Green’ lightbulbs poison workers with mercury



Energy saving lighbulbs are set to more than treble in price

ENERGY-saving lightbulbs are set to more than treble in price as the final supplies of traditional bulbs dwindle, industry experts warn.

The cost of the newer bulbs has been kept artificially low by subsidies from energy companies for the past three years.

However, energy secretary Chris Huhne has pulled the plug on the practice and ordered energy companies to stop the subsidies by March.

The move is expected to send costs soaring and bulbs that now cost 33p are expected to go up to more than £1. Some could even top £3.

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Jan 15

Those light bulbs also severely affect your brain waves. If you want to have a functioning brain don’t use them.

Learn from Germany:

German Outwits EU Light Bulb Ban

More info:

‘Green’ lightbulbs poison workers with mercury

Flashback:

Why Al Gore is a Hypocrite and a Fraud: Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 US Homes for a Month:

Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.



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May 04

The light emitted from these poisonous, not eco-friendly lightbulbs is also very bad for your health. (LED  is ok and so were/are ordinary lightbulbs and that is why many people are stocking up on them.)

Related article: Revolt! Robbed of their right to buy traditional light bulbs, millions are clearing shelves of last supplies (Daily Mail)



Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West

WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories.

Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment.

Doctors, regulators, lawyers and courts in China – which supplies two thirds of the compact fluorescent bulbs sold in Britain – are increasingly alert to the potential impacts on public health of an industry that promotes itself as a friend of the earth but depends on highly toxic mercury.

Making the bulbs requires workers to handle mercury in either solid or liquid form because a small amount of the metal is put into each bulb to start the chemical reaction that creates light.

Mercury is recognised as a health hazard by authorities worldwide because its accumulation in the body can damage the nervous system, lungs and kidneys, posing a particular threat to babies in the womb and young children.

((Some vaccines contain a high dose of mercury.))

The risks are illustrated by guidance from the British government, which says that if a compact fluorescent lightbulb is broken in the home, the room should be cleared for 15 minutes because of the danger of inhaling mercury vapour.

Documents issued by the Chinese health ministry, instructions to doctors and occu-pational health propaganda all describe mercury poisoning in lighting factories as a growing public health concern.

“Pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding must not be allowed to work in a unit where mercury is present,” states one official rulebook.

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Jan 07

End of light as we know it: Millions of Britons are stocking up to grab the last of the traditional bulbs

Millions of Britons are finally waking up to the fact that their beloved light bulb will disappear for good after 120 years.

Traditional 100-watt bulbs are vanishing from the High Street because of a controversial European Union decision.

Yesterday panic buyers were snapping up the remaining bulbs in a last-ditch attempt to stockpile the final supplies. Hundreds of leading supermarkets and DIY chains – including Sainsbury’s, Asda and Homebase – have already sold their last remaining bulbs after a surge in panic buying.

Other stores say they have enough stocks to last until the end of next week.

The supplies are running out after the Government signed up to an EU decision to replace conventional 100w light bulbs with supposedly greener low energy alternatives.

Ministers claim the switch will reduce carbon dioxide by around five million tons each year.

But experts have questioned whether or not the new bulbs, far from being environmentally friendly, are actually harmful.

The low-energy fluorescent bulbs can trigger skin rashes, migraines and epilepsy.

There is also concern because the fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which makes them dangerous to get rid of.

They can also be more expensive. Currently, an average supermarket price for a six pack of standard 60w pearl light bulbs is £1.21, but a single 60w low energy stick light bulb already costs around £2.19.

Retailers stopped replenishing supplies of conventional incandescent 100w bulbs at the start of the year under a ‘voluntary’ Government scheme to force people to buy green compact fluorescent lights.


New light: Energy-efficient bulbs use less energy – but critics say they can cause skin rashes, migraines and epilepsy

But concerns about the poor quality light of low energy bulbs – and the fact that most don’t work with dimmer switches – has led to tens of thousands of people stockpiling supplies.

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Jun 15

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Apr 03

Luxim’s plasma lightbulb

Silicon Valley’s Luxim has developed a lightbulb the size of a Tic Tac that gives off as much light as a streetlight. News.com’s Michael Kanellos talks to the company about its technology and its plans to expand into various markets.

Watch it here: zdnet.com

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