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Compact fluorescent lights and health
There is no established evidence that the low levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are a risk to health for normal population skin types.
ARPANSA has measured the UVR and visible light emissions from a range of light sources, including CFLs, and have found that UVR levels are below the Australian limits and pose no risk to health for normal population skin.
- ARPANSA Radiation Protection Series No.12 Radiation Protection Standard for Occupational Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (2006)
- International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Guidelines on Limits of Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation of Wavelength between 180 nm and 400 nm (Incoherent Optical Radiation). Health Physics, 87 (2), 171-186, 2004