(NaturalNews) Could LED lights be hazardous to your health? Well, it certainly seems like they might be. The American Medical Association (AMA) has just issued a warning that high-intensity LED streetlights emit blue light – which cannot be seen. Blue light is known for disrupting sleeping patterns, and can possibly increase the risks of a number of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
These concerns about the potential health risks of LED lights are not unfamiliar; similar questions have been raised over the last few years. But, the AMA’s report provides much needed support to these claims. Their findings may even inspire cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of the light-emitting diodes they install, especially following the AMA’s discovery that bright LED lights can actually impair nighttime vision for some drivers.
A report prepared by the Department of Energy last year revealed that almost 13 percent of streetlights and other roadway lighting relied on LEDs. However, many communities that have not changed over to LED lights plan on doing so, thanks to their superb energy efficiency. Light-emitting diodes are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than the standard high-pressure sodium lights they so often replace. LEDs also boast a substantially longer lifespan, lasting 15 to 20 years on average. Their predecessors, with their iconic yellow-orange glow, typically only last for a maximum of five years. Sodium lights are also not capable of dispersing light as evenly or efficiently as their new competitor.
Unsurprisingly, many cities are insistent that the health concerns associated with high-intensity LEDs are not strong enough to overshadow the benefits of these lights. There is money to be saved, so why worry about the consequences, right? …continue reading at Natural News