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Fluorescent Lighting and UV Rays

31st Jul 2014

The sun is the source of all life on this blue planet we call home. Radiation from the sun, also known as sunlight, is actually a mix of electromagnetic waves that include infrared rays (IR) as well as ultraviolet rays (UV). The adverse health effects of UV rays are well documented. They are known to cause premature aging of the skin and have been linked to the development of melanoma, one of the deadliest types of skin cancer. Chronic UV exposure also suppresses the immune system and can cause significant damage to the human eye.

The Truth About UV Rays and Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights, including compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, also emit harmful UV rays. The levels of UV emission from fluorescent lights have long been considered acceptably low, but recent studies have shown that significant amounts of UV rays emanate from fluorescent lights due to the breakdown of the protective coating around the phosphor.

The Food and Drug Administration maintains that fluorescent lights are safe to use. At the same time, however, they recommend buying fluorescent lights that have additional coating to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful levels of UV rays.

What Octo Lights Delivers

Our decorative light covers not only enhance the appearance of any room in which they are installed, but they also provide another level of protection from UV rays that can escape from fluorescent lights.

A World of Options

Our products are made both for fluorescent and LED lights, and we have an extensive range of designs from which to choose. No matter what type of decor your room has, we’re sure you will find an Octo Lights product that will complement it beautifully. Bring the magic of the night sky, the breadth and depth of the ocean or the serenity of nature to any room. Our extensive array of fluorescent light panels is sure to delight and please every customer. We can also create custom light covers from your own design or logo for a truly unique decor.

From office fluorescent light covers to decorative ceiling light panels for your home – we have them all. Come to Octo Lights and see your world in a whole new light.