Stress And Fluorescent Bulbs – Fuzzy Wuzzy Wednesday

Sun In HandsI’m typically a very frugal consumer.  For instance, I have gone around the house, blissfully replacing all our incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.

But, recently, I came across some disturbing information that, truthfully, I’d forgotten about in my zealous attempt at frugality.

If you’ll remember the studies from a few years ago of the effect of fluorescent lighting on factory workers and school children, you’ll know where I’m going with this.  Those same studies have resurfaced because of the push to change every light from incandescent to fluorescent by all of us frugal folks.

Yes, fluorescent light bulbs are inexpensive to run, but they can cause some rather disturbing health issues.  Studies consistently prove that standard fluorescent bulbs cause stress hormone levels to rise, causing agitation, edginess, fatigue, and general unexplained complaints of feeling ill.

How can we counteract this problem?  By replacing the bulbs we are most likely to spend a lot of time under with full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs.  These bulbs are often more expensive to buy than regular fluorescent bulbs, but they do have a long life span and offer relief from the bad effects caused by other fluorescent bulbs.

If you or a family member complains routinely of chronic fatigue, stress headaches, or other unexplained sickness AND are working or studying under regular fluorescent bulbs, it may be worth a change to  full-spectrum fluorescent light bulbs.

There are many special desk lamps for students, but your standard lighting fixtures can be fitted easily with suitable full-spectrum lighting.  There are many ranges, wattage, and styles to choose from, so do your homework before you decide to buy.

This may not be the most frugal choice you make today, but it may just make you feel better and solve those unexplained sick feelings that have been nagging you.

Start your research by clicking here to view some of the lighting options to help you start feeling better with full-spectrum, sunlight mimicking, light.  You owe yourself some good lighting!

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13 Responses to “Stress And Fluorescent Bulbs – Fuzzy Wuzzy Wednesday”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for this article! We started replacing the florescent lights we have with LEDs (in areas where we often have lights turned on all day) and so far it’s working out great. It takes a bit getting used to this type of lighting and don’t recommend it for every single light source in your house but the lights are only 1.5watts each! We will know more in a few months if we are saving anything or not. They are more expensive but last a lifetime.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Perhaps better still is using natural light whenever possible.

  3. Full Spectrum Bulb User Says:

    Full-spectrum bulbs are in fact not that expensive. It is amazing what effect can small difference is light spectrum cause.

  4. Gloria Says:

    I’ve also learned – from experience – that fluorecent lights can bring on migraine headaches.

  5. MmamaLlama Says:

    I personally hate the light emitted from fluorescent bulbs. I like instant bright light the minute I flip the switch and dislike waiting for those bulbs to brighten up. It also ticks me off that the government took away mercury filled thermometers because they might make me sick if I broke one but then had me fill my entire home with bulbs containing mercury. Thank you for sharing the health related issues connected to using fluorescents. All the more reason for me to switch to using LED bulbs.

  6. Tabby Says:

    You know, we replaced most of our bulbs with fluorescent bulbs a few months back, and I had noticed that I was getting more headaches, and generally a lot more stressed. Granted, I have had a few stressful incidents recently, but I was having more trouble letting go of the stress, if that makes sense. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Amy Says:

    I hate fluorescent bulbs and would rather pay for the electricity. MmamaLlama is right about their environmental hazards. We are having to deal with that because the house we bought came with a garage full of new AND used fluorescent bulbs that we now have to dispose of; they can’t be taken to the land fill!

    I’d rather use a oil lamp than make the switch!

  8. Mike Says:

    I find that getting a “warm white” lamp or tube to match any “daylight” or 6000K temp tubes gives me a nice, natural-like color of fluorescent light.

    We have a few LEDs in the home, but it looks more like a sci-fi set because of the directed light.

  9. Cynthia Says:

    I have not researched this, but have been told that the slight noise and flickering of fluorescent bulbs can cause/aggravate behavior and attention problems in children. I had switched to all fluorescent bulbs quite some time ago, but now that I have two children with sensory issues I am planning to switch back to see if it helps them. I doubt using full spectrum would make a difference in this instance. :( Too bad, I liked my CFLs.

  10. James Bailey Says:

    Distinguish between old style fluorescent tubes and modern compact fluorescent lights (a.k.a. CFLs). Both are bad, but for different reasons. The old style bulbs caused the ailments mentioned in the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Wednesday” article that spawned this discussion. The problem was that they flickered in tune with the 60 cycle house current that powers them. This could even directly cause epileptic seizures, as well as headaches etc. Replacing them with CFLs took away those problems but left us with many more bad things.
    CFLs are dangerous because their bases get hot. They work at microwave radio frequencies instead of 60 cycles. These radio waves get into our house wiring and can cause cancer! CFLs are full of mercury, making them toxic waste when they burn out. They also can make sensitive devices like carbon monoxide detectors give false alarms. To top it off, CFLs don’t even save money because they never last as long as the manufacturers claim so their higher purchase price (which is about 4 times as much as simple incandescent bulbs) isn’t even justified. About the only good thing about them is that they DO use a little less power. A bad trade-off if you ask me.
    LED bulbs are the answer. They cost a lot out front but, other than that, they have zero drawbacks. They really do last 50,000 hours, which is almost six years! And, their power consumption is really tiny. An LED bulb equal to a 40 watt incandescent bulb uses less power than a night light. Their color is usually a cool white equal to daylight. Yes, you can spend about $18 for such a bulb, but that six year life rating is calculated as if you never, ever turned it off. If it was only used about eight hours a day, the bulb would last nearly 20 years! FOREVER.
    So, that’s the scoop folks. Slowly invest in LED lights and you’ll save $$ and help the planet too.

  11. Hillbilly Housewife Says:

    Incredible information, James. Thank you!

  12. ShauntiJoy Says:

    Do the promoters of these new light bulbs REALLY believe the folks in the foothills of the Smokys (and, I’m sure, other places) who throw all their garbage out their back doors REALLY worry about where their burned-out mercury-filled bulbs are going??? I don’t think so. Some even use a “burn barrel” for ALL their garbage, including styrofoam and plastic items, old tires, etc.!! I’ll bet there’s already mercury in Douglass Lake, where many counties ’round here get their water!!! What were they (the promoters) thinking??? THIS should be a subject started in letters to the editors of local papers …

  13. Hillbilly Housewife Says:

    I understand the frustration many folks feel about how to dispose of fluorescent bulbs properly – and is anyone doing it? I did read that the new full-spectrum bulbs are recyclable and are less harmful for the environment. Does anyone have specific information about this to share?

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