This questionnaire has been drawn up by the Spectrum Alliance to be completed by people who are made ill by low energy lighting. We would like to hear about you and your experiences for two reasons. Firstly, Sheila Gilmore MP, who has taken up our cause, would like to hear more case studies from the people affected. Secondly, we would like to understand more about those who have this problem.
The Spectrum Alliance is a group of charities and support groups for people who are sensitive to low energy lighting. Spectrum campaigns for the continued availability of incandescent light bulbs for people who need them for health reasons. The ban on incandescent light bulbs comes from the European Union Commission Regulation (EC) No 244/2009. This Regulation arises out of Directive 2005/32/EC which is also known as the Eco-Design Directive.
The symptoms that photosensitive people have when in the presence of low energy lighting include burning to the skin, severe headaches and lethargy as well as a wide range of other symptoms. We are also being contacted by people who have no pre- existing conditions and who suffer adverse health effects from low energy light bulbs that are not triggered by any other source. For all of these people there is no alternative to incandescent light bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are impossible and even the latest soft white LED, although an improvement on CFLs, is not a suitable replacement for incandescent light bulbs.
No personal information will be used for any purpose and responses will be coded prior to submission for analysis and the results will be delivered to MP Sheila Gilmore..
We are very grateful to you for taking the time to contribute to this research before 30 September 2012.
WHO, ICNIRP, PHE