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Lamp law poses skin dangers

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Government plans to ban traditional light bulbs in favour of energy-saving bulbs by the end of 2011 could put thousands of people at risk of severe and painful skin reactions, health charities have warned.
According to Spectrum, an alliance of charities working with people with light-sensitive skin conditions, energy-saving bulbs produce a more intense light than incandescent ones and can seriously exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema. It is estimated that up to 350,000 people could be affected.
Andrew Langford, chief executive officer of the Skin Care Campaign, said: ‘The government simply must allow incandescent light bulbs to be available to these people at a fair price.’
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