Although few light sources produce no UV at all, most bulbs fall well within accepted safe limits.
According to the National Institutes for Health, Compact Fluorescent Lamps have the potential for emitting ultraviolet light, a high-energy, invisible form of light that can cause sunburn, skin cancers and other problems.
Is UV light harmful to humans?
Biological Effect of UV Light. While UVB radiation is widely recognized for its harmful effects on human skin and links to skin cancer, each of the UV bands (UVA, UVB and UVC) create different risks for humans. UVC radiation refers to wavelengths shorter than 280 nm.
Do fluorescent bulbs give off radiation?
All fluorescent lamps emit some UV. Typical fluorescent lamps, including CFLs, which consumers would encounter, emit very low levels of UV. In order to measure any UV radiation from these lamps, very sensitive measuring equipment must be used.
What type of light bulb gives off UV rays?
Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs both emit UV radiation, but the levels are low when compared to reptile basking bulbs or tanning bulbs. The strongest source of UV radiation is the sun.
Do LED bulbs 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.