Recent findings suggest that skin protection must be practiced indoors to adequately protect the skin against UV rays.
Incandescent bulbs have little to no UV irradiance.
However, fluorescent lighting has been shown to increase lifetime UV exposure by 3% based on the distance the lamp is from the skin.
Do indoor lights give off UV?
This is done by the light’s interior fluorescent coating, which is able to absorb most of the UV radiation and emit lower-energy wavelengths in the visible spectrum. In fact many types of lighting used in our homes emit small amounts of UV radiation.
Does fluorescent light have UV?
Study: Fluorescent Light Bulbs Emit High Levels Of UV Radiation. (CBSLA.com) — A new study finds fluorescent light bulbs, although eco- and budget-friendly, could pose a health risk. The compact fluorescent industry says the bulbs are safe but admits they do emit UV rays.
What light bulbs give off UV rays?
As it turns out, all fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury vapor, which emits a lot of UV rays when hit with an electric current. Normally that UV is absorbed by a layer of molecules, called phosphors, on the inside of the bulb and reappears as safe white light. But if that phosphor coating cracks, UV light escapes.
Do LED lights give off UV?
Some in the lighting business have stated that LEDs do not produce UV radiation. However studies have shown that standard LEDs do create a small amount of UV. That said, the amount of UV they actually emit is even less. This is due to the phosphors within an LED lamp that convert the Ultraviolet light to white light.
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