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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I just read this article and was taken aback!  THe flickering of the new "green" flourscent lighting may be giving people migraines, seizures (if you are epileptic), and can cause problems with people that have Lupus.  I thought everyone should know.  Here is the link to the article I read.
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting that. Many of us have noticed how much fluorescent bulbs bother us, but it's nice to have a published article to back us up!

I'm one of the few that can actually "see" the flicker even in these new fluorescents, as well as in most flat-panel computer displays and wide-screen tv's. I suspect I may go insane if everything else is totally phased out.


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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sherrine!
We actually have a thread going on this exact topic right now. It's the "sunscreen" thread.  I'm TOTALLY against fluorescent lighting.  Like Lynnwood said, it is really hard on anyone with lupus, and fibro actually.  I too, will go insane if fluorescents are all we end up having in the future.  Start stock piling your incandescents now!!!  Lynnwood, I can see the "flicker" too.  It's brutal. 
One other option for us is halogen bulbs.  They seem to be okay.
Thanks Sherrine for keeping us all informed on a very important topic!  (((hgus)))
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   Posted 1/2/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the link to the article! I worry about so much regulation in our lives. I have tried the new "curly" lights and they are fine for some areas of the home. Unfortunately, I would not want them everywhere. The light is somewhat "dimmer" and not as "warm" as the incandescent. I have not noticed a problem with with my lupus or RA from these lights but I don't have these curly lights everywhere. I know the flourescent lighting at school really bothers me, though! I am a bit worried of the impact if we have to switch over completely. I can't imagine it would be convenient to keep some of my lighting"normal".
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   Posted 1/3/2008 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter sent me the link to this website as well. There is a link on that page to where the article comes from. It was called the Daily News. From what I remember (and my memory is not what you'd call reliable), this came from the UK.

The article also has a statement from flourescent manufacturers or something (so sorry about this memory). It states that the newer light bulbs are made better than the older models.

We bought a few for our home. Like Audrey, they are not everywhere. However, there was one in the lamp next to the table where I sit in the evenings. I noticed I was feeling worse shortly after we put the light bulb in the lamp. It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally realized what might be going on. We changed that lamp back to incandescent bulb. Voila! I started feeling better.

This took place last fall. Obviously these were new flourescent bulbs. So I would take exception to the statement that new bulbs are better than old.
If it becomes law, my question is how it will be enforced. Will there be light bulb police???

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   Posted 1/3/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting this. I'm like so many of the people here and have negative reactions to flourescent lighting. When I'm out shopping I notice my symptoms getting worse the longer I'm under the lights. We have a few of the "green" lightbulbs in our house but none in our main living areas.
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