A news article released on August 3, 2012 in HealthDay News discussed further study into the harmful UV rays being emitted from eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).  The danger comes from the phosphor surface coating inside the bulbs because the coating is brittle and may not bind to the bulb.

Studies performed at Stony Brook University in New York, found defects in all of the bulbs they tested.  Tests were also performed on incandescent bulbs of the same strength and found no danger to skin cells (Mozes, 2012).  If incandescent bulbs were not causing damage to the body, why are they no longer making them?

It was suggested that CFL bulbs not be used at close range and do not look directly at them.  Keep at a distance of several feet.  The researchers of this study do not feel a sunscreen is needed to protect your skin indoors if the bulbs are kept at a safe distance away from the body and eyes.

To watch a video of this study and read the full news article, click on the link at the end of the reference.


Mozes, A. (2012, August 3). Could compact flourescent bulbs pose skin cancer risk? Retrieved August 10, 2012, from KFVS12 News & Weather: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/19190667/could-compact-fluorescent-bulbs-pose-skin-cancer-risk?