|Re: Flourescent lighting and dimmer swirtches||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: nathan schomber (wanderlustbusyahoo.com)|
|Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007 11:50:33 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Libby, Thanks for posting about your research. We need more people willing to do thier own research instead of solely relying upon the word others or quick judgement, especially when there is so much "political/profit/corporate" motivated misinformation out there. I think it is hard for many people though, when the facts suggest we make some changes in our lives. After all, we are all creatures of habbit to some degree, and many times it takes a lot of energy to retrofit our belief systems when new information comes to light (pun not intended) Thanks again for the links and references, I'll be checking it out and forwarding it along to my friends and associates. Peace To You Nathan Asheville, NC LK Dingeldein <lkdingeldein1 [at] msn.com> wrote: I want to support the views expressed by Jenny Williams regarding going "green" and installing flourescent light bulbs. I add dimmer switches to this discussion as well as they are considered to be another green energy savings idea. THese lights and dimmers can cause health problems for some people. I have spent over a decade doing public policy advocacy on the health risks associated with electromagnetic fields, I feel strongly that the wholesale adaptation to flourescent lighting and dimmer switches by the green design and sustainability people needs deeper look. If we profess to be environmentalists, a healthy ecology needs to be considered as well. Truly, these products offer a near term benefit. Our carbon "footprints" and energy costs are reduced by using these energy-saving technologies, However, the short and long term impact on human health and the environment needs to be considered as well. Among the major points I want to stress here are: Mercury from CFLs (compact flourescent lights could be released into the natural environment unless these bulbs are properly disposed of; school performance studies show that there are concentration and memory problems associated with use of flourescent lights in classrooms; many people complain of dry eyes, headaches and attentional deficits when working under these lights. These lights flicker and that flicker is picked up by the brain, even if one dos not perceive it consciously, causing health problems for some people; these lights hum and the sound is picked up by the brain, even if the ears cannot detect it. Some people find the "noise" intolerable; Some Waldorf schools I have visited string pastel colored gauze under these lights to soften the light effects and block the flicker; flourescent lights and dimmer switches put out a high intensity field in the microwave band. While these signals are relatively lower powered than say, your cell phone or a microwave oven, they are pervasive and can transmit 24/7, attaching to the electrical wiring in your home. In short, these lights and dimmer switches create electro-pollution in your home. Ambient indoor air quality is affected. A growing number of people are experiencing chronic conditions that are immune system related and are environmentally caused or related (such as chronic fatique syndrome, fibromylagia, electrical sensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, etc.) When cleaning up the indoor environment, these people particularly need to take into account their chronic exposures to electrical and microwave sources. IN addition to the cell phones, cordless phones, microwave ovens and exposure to all sources into account. Clearly, a cleaner environment should not have flourescent lighting and dimmer switches (also cell phones, cordless phones, microwave ovens, electronic equipment, etc) especially where people sleep and children play. The late Dr. John Ott invented full spectrum lighting which offer another alternative to incandescent lights. Of course, natural lighting (from the sun, moon and stars). Maybe we should think about letting the daily sun cycle to do productive work and save energy that way. not burning ourselves out turning night into day all the time. I am not going to go "luddite' over this but think about this - the electric light bulb was invented in 1800 but did not become a household product until Thomas Edison invented a bulb that used a carbon filament in 1879 that would allow it to burn up to 1500 hours. Can somoeone invent a non-carbon filament we change the filament? in Sum, maybe it is time look at the human costs and benefits of that engineering feat others that followed (...the Wireless Age started 10 years ago) I just sent a letter to Annie Bertold Bond about this issue as her latest issue of the Green Guide touts flourescent lights and dimmer switches for energy consersation reasons. Here is another point of view that might shape your consumer behavior and lifestyle choices. To a healthy planet, Libby Kelley, MHA Public Health Advocate www.energyfields.org www.icems.eu Libby Kelley Dingeldein Milagro Community www.milagrocohousing.org _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ --------------------------------- Expecting? Get great news right away with email Auto-Check. Try the Yahoo! Mail Beta.
Re: Flourescent lighting and dimmer swirtches LK Dingeldein, February 2 2007
- Re: Flourescent lighting and dimmer swirtches nathan schomber, February 3 2007
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