Living well with lupus

Do fluorescent lights produce harmful ultraviolet rays?

The issue of lupus photosensitivity is a complex one and one of the least scientifically studied clinical aspects of cutaneous and systemic lupus. If a standard fluorescent tube lighting source is shielded by a standard acrylic plastic diffuser, there’s rarely a significant risk for people with systemic lupus. These plastic diffusers are available from a variety of companies. However, if a person with lupus is exposed to unshielded fluorescent lighting at close distances for prolonged periods of time, then the cumulative exposure to UVB and UVA could be a problem. 

Medically reviewed on July 20, 2013