Incandescent light bulb ban
As part of the Government's phasing out of all incandescent (traditional bulbs) - a move designed to force householders to switch to more environmentally friendly energy-saving bulbs - retailers have been removing incandescent bulbs from their shelves. This has caused distress to the many light sensitive migraineurs who find that energy saving bulbs can trigger or make their migraines worse.
MA has been voicing the concerns of migraineurs since the ban was first made public and is part of the Spectrum Alliance, a group set up to campaign and lobby on this issue. Our position remains that health concerns need to be taken seriously and more research needs to be done to look at the affect these bulbs can have on migraine (and lots of other conditions such as Lupas and ME). We believe that people whose health is adversely affected should still be able to easily obtain incandescent bulbs.
By September 2012 all incandescent bulbs were out of production.
MA continues to campaign on this issue
MA's Director Joanna Hamilton Colclough, representing The Spectrum Alliance, travelled to Brussels with Dr Andrew Dowson to meet with Paul Hodson, Head of the European Commission’s energy efficiency unit to discuss the issues and more suitable ways forward for those affected by low energy lightbulbs. We will update you on this meeting shortly.
Visit The Spectrum Alliance's website to find out more about the group and their campaigning activities.