Energy-saving bulbs can cause migraines, warn experts

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London, Jan 2 (UNI) Energy-saving light bulbs can trigger migraines, British health experts warned.

The warning follows concerns that eco-bulbs can trigger dizziness, loss of focus and discomfort among people with epilepsy.

Low energy lightbulbs are miniature versions of the fluorescent strip lights common in offices and kitchens. The latest ones are the size of conventional bulbs with a filament, but use just a quarter of the energy.

The Migraine Action Association said there was growing concern about the links between the bulbs and severe headaches.

The charity's Paul Jansen said, ''For some people a migraine attack can be triggered by fluorescent lights, video screens, stroboscopic effects and flashing lights; and most of the currently available low energy light bulbs are based on fluorescent light technology.'' Fluorescent bulbs are due to become compulsory in British homes within four years and campaigners are calling for the government to allow an opt-out for people with health problems so they can continue to use old-style bulbs.


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