STATE CHRONICLE – Based on American Medical Association (AMA), LED streetlights may cause difficulties when sleeping, in cities like Houston, Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. This alert appeared in June and argued that LED lampposts produce a bluish light, invisible to our eye, but dangerous enough to trouble common sleep conventions. They can also impair your vision when being on the road at night.
The Washington Post asserts that people complained over the years about the powerful light of these LED streetlights. Now that AMA’s complaints have reached the authorities too, they seem to tip the scales and bring the necessary change.
The Department of Energy stated that almost 13 percent of lampposts from roadways and area lights are now LED. The explanation was that LED streetlights appear to be 50 percent more economic than the lights with high-compressed sodium that are usually used. These lights can last up to 20 years in comparison with the cheap ones which last up to five years. The newly implemented lights can illuminate bigger landmasses than the others.
Representatives from some cities argue that these minimum health problems that can be caused by LED streetlights are not significant enough to outbalance their profits. For example, New York has ignored this advice because a big city like this needs this type of lampposts.
Another city where the eventual health problems were ignored was Seattle, where Seattle City Lights are indicating that there are devices which emit a far more detrimental light than LED streetlights, like TVs or computers.
In Phoenix, brighter lights are settled for big intersections and football park areas. For the residential area, softer lights are the best option.
The government promoted the use of LED streetlights because they had proved to be useful as exit signs or traffic lights. Some critics believe that authorities are obviously striving for approval. The first type of LED lights was evaluated to measure 4000K. What is more, there are a lot of LED streetlights which measure a lower intensity and have the same economic property as the new ones but don’t produce as much dangerous light as the new LEDs. These emit a softer light than the bright one from the first type of LED streetlights.
Do you think that the new generation of LED streetlights is as dangerous as specialists assume it to be? Would you vote pro or con these LEDs?
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