Dangers of Eco-Friendly Lighting
By Melissa Williams
Eco-friendly only goes so far when it comes to your light bulb options. While we’ve been extolling the virtues of the CFL light bulb for quite some time, recent research shows it isn’t as innocent as it once appeared to be- potentially emitting mercury into the environment if broken or burned out.
Proper disposal of CFL lights is important. Local governments each have their own disposal systems and some local retailers carry dispensaries as well. Visit earth911.com for more details.
If you’re using a LED lightbulb, you’ll want to use it sparingly since recent reports suggest that LED light diminishes melatonin, a hormone essential for a variety of functions. Instead, try opening the blinds, and if that’s not an option try light therapy, especially if you experience SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Light boxes made especially for treating SAD are available, featuring at least 10,000 LUX from fluorescent light, and are designed to mimic the effects of the sun. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders and manufacturing instructions.
Read more about how to choose a light box here.