New bulbs upset my balance

PUBLISHED: 11:41 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010

Regrettably, I seem to have missed some of the debate on energy-saving lightbulbs, which has been running in the Midweek Herald, but I was very interested to read your article on Liz Denton's campaign to retain the old style lightbulbs.

Regrettably, I seem to have missed some of the debate on energy-saving lightbulbs, which has been running in the Midweek Herald, but I was very interested to read your article on Liz Denton's campaign to retain the old style lightbulbs. Regardless of the arguments, for and against, I find that I have a real problem with the energy-saving bulbs and I am very worried that I will no longer be able to purchase the old-style bulb. To explain briefly, I had a mini stroke 12 years ago and I was fortunate in that I suffered few lasting disabilities. However, it has left me with a balance problem which, on the whole, is completely manageable with medication. The one thing which still effects me is light variation and flashing lights. This includes being anywhere where there is an abundance of fluorescent lighting and/or energy-saving bulbs. As I have no medical knowledge, I am unable to explain why this occurs, but presume it is similar to the adverse effect that flashing lights have on some people suffering from epilepsy. I recently paid a visit to my local social club, where they have now installed energy-saving light bulbs in the wall lights. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for a short while before having to leave my friends and go home while I was still capable of maintaining my balance. I now fear that I will have to forego my one social event of the week as I will not be able to use the social club. That, of course, is not the end of the world, but what will I do when I can no longer buy old-style light bulbs for my home?M D Westlake, Beer

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