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Parliamentary questions
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2 February 2017
Question for written answer E-000763-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
DAME Glenis Willmott (S&D) , Julie Ward (S&D) , Catherine Stihler (S&D) , Theresa Griffin (S&D)

 Subject:  Artificial light and light sensitivity
 Answer in writing 

In 2012, the SCENIHR adopted a report on the Health Effects of Artificial Light. The report identified a number of areas where there is a lack of data on the health effects of specific lighting technologies. These include emission data for different types of light bulb; flicker induced health effects from residual high frequency intensity modulations; the effects of non-incandescent light sources on colour rendition, fatigue and other components of human visual perception.

Given the number of gaps identified in the available data, has the Commission carried out any further research on this topic?

Can the Commission confirm that the potential health effects of different types of lamps on light-sensitive people were taken into account before the decision was taken to phase out incandescent light bulbs? Can it also confirm what forms of lighting will still be available to domestic consumers by 2020?

The SCENIHR report also concluded that it may be advisable for manufacturers to label the emitted spectrum for different types of light bulb and to communicate their risk categories to consumers so that they can make an informed choice.

Is there currently any such requirement for manufacturers? If not, would the Commission consider introducing one?

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