As an individual who is very sensitive to fluorescent lighting, I became quite concerned that the HR 6 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed into law on 19 December 2007, aims to phase out incandescent lighting by 2020. In 2012 the 1st phase is for 100 watt and 75 watt incandescent light bulbs to be banned. By 2014 the 60 watt and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs will be banned.

Prior to the passing of this legislation, Helen Irlen, the world expert in scotopic sensitivity syndrome, made the following statement:

“Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population will suffer negative physical effects if this legislation is allowed to pass. For this portion of the population, fluorescent light triggers headaches, migraines, stomachaches, fatigue, eye strain, anxiety, and irritability. Fluorescent lights can also negatively impact the immune system, literally making people sick. Energy conservation is an important goal that we should strive to achieve, but there are ways to conserve energy that do not hurt 25% of the population. Please don’t let your government hurt the people you love. Please sign the petition and send this information to others asking them to sign the petition.”

Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFT
Executive Director
Irlen Institute International Headquarters

I am unclear exactly how this Act will affect having light sensitivity accommodated by employers and institutions in the future but it can’t be good. I am concerned enough to establish this website to explore this issue and to work for legal accommodation/exception for all with light sensitivity.

Thank you for your support and concern.

Trishah Dee Woolley, M.A.

22 December 2007

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