With so many people conscientiously going green these days, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is issuing a warning for certain types of energy-saving light bulbs.
UK's news source, "The Independent," states that "open" energy-saving light bulbs "can emit levels of ultraviolet radiation sufficient to damage the skin...[The bulbs can also reportedly,] aggravate light-sensitive conditions such as the blood disease lupus, eczema and porphyria."
"Open" energy-saving light bulbs are the ones in which the glass coil is not encapsulated (i.e. the ones that don't look like standard light bulbs).
According to "The Independent," researchers have determined that "open" energy-saving light bulbs should not be utilized as reading lights, in desk lamps, or in any other situation that would cause the user to be "closer than one foot for more than one hour a day."