I continue to dislike fluorescent lighting; in particular the impact of it on children’s learning.
The flickering can cause considerable discomfort in some individuals and it would be interesting to see if some behavioural difficulties in the classroom disappeared if the fluorescent lights were removed. We all know that children are energy barometers and react unconsciously to all sorts of external stimuli.
The mercury used in fluorescent lighting is a powerful neurotoxin and they also emit more UV than incandescent globes which can affect some light sensitive people and protocols should be followed if one of these lamps breaks.
We have some of these energy saver lights, or Compact Fluorescent lamps, in our stairwell and the smell emitting from them is at times unbearable.