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Migraines From Compact Fluorescent Bulbs?

 Www.Engadget.Com Media 2008 01 Migraine Bulb
Has anyone experienced a migraine from extended exposure to energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs?

Britain’s Migraine Action Association director Paul Jansen said, “For some people a migraine attack can be triggered by fluorescent lights, video screens, stroboscopic effects and flashing lights.” And added that, “We hope that the Government will allow regular light bulbs still to be available to those who need them.”


January 8, 2008 - Posted by | News, Science and Technology

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  1. I get migraines, and certainly there is a relationship between some fluorescent lighting and migraines. I don’t know if the effect is strong enough to trigger a migraine in me, but certainly if I am progressing toward a migraine, such lights can put me over the edge. Also if I have a migraine, such lights can make it much worse. For me this is more to do with the bright-whiteness of the color, a bit to do with the pulsing effect, and sometimes, when a buzzing is present, that too. As for the phasing out of incandescent bulbs, there is another choice out there that may work for you/me. That is LED bulbs. They work very well, are incredibly efficient, and last for 10 years or more. The are not cheap, though, and so far they are not easy to find. But they are out there, and I think prices have steadily dropped over time.

    Good luck to you!

    Comment by jim | October 18, 2008

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