26.01.2009

Low energy bulbs "bad for those with sight trouble"

Low energy bulbs "bad for those with sight trouble"

A call is being made to end a promise to stop selling traditional light bulbs by campaigners who say low-energy ones can pose trouble for people with vision problems.

Members of Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB) and the Royal College of Opthalmologists have warned that the low-energy bulbs do not create enough light.

The government intends to phase out traditional light bulbs, though a spokesperson has said that halogen lights, which still use less energy and create contract lighting, will remain.

Britain has promised to meet rules to replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient ones by 2012, before the EU"s deadline of 2016.

Earlier this month, the BBC reported a call by the Environment Agency for more information about how to recycle low-energy light bulbs safely.

The agency called attention to the presence of mercury in such bulbs.

University of Nottingham toxicologist Dr David Ray told the BBC that the risks in smashing one bulb were minimal, although he said there could be "short-term danger" if five are broken in a small room without ventilation.

by Martin Burns


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