New research has found that some unencapsulated fluorescent light bulbs emit UV radiation that could make the skin red if used for long periods of time closer than 30cm to the body.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) issued the warning to people who use a reading lamp or desk lamp close to their body and the tens of thousands of people suffering from medical conditions that make them sensitive to UV light.
People whose work involves close work with their hands under a light bulb, such as jewellery makers, could also be affected.
The HPA said people should not use the light bulb closer than 30cm to the body for more than an hour a day or should switch[…]
The agency’s chief executive Justin McCracken said: ‘We are not saying these could cause cancer.’