Campaigners Warn Light-bulb Ban Caused Health Risk for ill-health People

A European ban on incandescent bulb takes effect in the UK since 1, September, despite the move to energy-saving bulbs has been widely welcomed, campaigners have warned that there are concerns about the impact on people who are sensitive to LED lighting.

Seeks an exemption for those who suffer ill-health
Campaigners warned two million people in the UK face increased risk of health problems. They can aggravate light-sensitive medical conditions such as the auto-
immune disease lupus, bring on nausea and migraines, and can even cause skin to burn.

As a result, Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore is now leading calls for the UK government to seek an exemption for those who suffer ill-health as a result of exposure to low-energy light bulbs.

The Labour MP said: “If nothing is done, people who suffer ill-health from low-energy lighting will be forced to live the rest of their lives in the dark.

“We don’t want to discourage people from using low-energy light bulbs, however, it is important to realise for some people there are real health issues arising from the use of low-energy bulbs.’

Catherine Hessett, from Spectrum Alliance, a group representing people affected by low-energy lighting, said the new European legislation will mean many people will no longer be able to go into public buildings such as banks, libraries and shops, where the bulbs are used. She said: “We know of people who have been forced to give up their jobs because they cannot work in low-energy lighting.”

“In these difficult financial times, the last thing the British economy needs is shutting people out of public life.

“We want the government to push for an exemption to allow people to buy incandescent lights and to change the specification of low-energy light bulbs so that people can get on with their lives.”

The group has evidence which shows the LED bulbs can aggravate a range of pre-existing medical conditions, including autism, ME and epilepsy. Sufferers can suffer from skin burns, sore red eyes, headaches and sickness.

Recommends a “small percentage” of people with “double-envelope” fluorescent lights

The Department of Health have said that EU health experts 
recommend a “small percentage” of people with light-
sensitive conditions should use so-called “double-envelope” fluorescent lights, which they say “largely or entirely mitigate the risk of aggravating the 
symptoms of light-sensitive 
individuals”.

Related:

UK Comes to the Final Phase of a Ban on Incandescent Bulbs Since September1

The Ban of the Incandescent Bulbs Campaign in UK Takes Place
 

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