Light Bulb Headache - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/08

Light Bulb Headache

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Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. They are part of the big push to go green and are supposed to reduce your carbon footprint while saving you money. 

One little problem may put a kink in that corkscrew looking light bulb. A neurologist at The Headache Institute in New York says that he believes they trigger headaches in some people, including himself.

Dr. Larry Newman, of The Headache Institute at Roosevelt Hospital, says, "We flipped on a light switch in one of the rooms, and within 10 minutes, I developed a migraine. And I could tell it was from that light.  If in fact it's just a handful of people who are sensitive to it, then it's not really a big issue. But if you think, there's 30 million Americans who have migraines and if an overwhelming proportion of people start to develop headaches, it's going to really be a big health issue."

Dr. Newman says his theory is especially controversial among ‘go green advocates' because the bulbs are new and there are no studies yet to determine whether there could be a link to migraines.  He suggests that before you invest in switching all of the lights in your home try it in one room first to make sure you do not have a problem. 

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