As you probably might know, LED lighting has been a major topic of discussion among people for a wide variety of reasons. One of those reasons happens to be the impact that LED lighting has on human health and the environment. The general consensus is that LED lighting is beneficial.
However, like almost everything else in this world, even LED lighting discussions have led to the birth of a few myths and misconceptions.
Here are some that you’re most likely to come across. If you do, just ignore.
LEDs hurts animals and humans
Despite several studies supporting the viability of LED lights, the lies just don’t seem to stop. The most common lie that you’re bound to come across has to do with LED lights being dangerous to animals and humans.
In fact, you’ll even come across specific reasons. For instance, there are rumors stating that the short-wavelength aspect of LED lighting is what makes it dangerous. This is utter nonsense because short-wavelength lighting exists in nature.
Even sunlight is short-wavelength and this particular characteristic actually aids several physiological processes within the human body. For example, it has an impact on our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle). Light actually helps us wake up.
Now, the concern stems from the fact that LEDs can disturb our sleep. However, this is true for any kind of light. There’s a reason why we’re asked to switch off our lights when going to bed. So, as long as you’re doing that, you’re good.
Normal lights are safer
Whether you’re using regular lights or LEDs, there isn’t going to be any impact on your health. All lights are the same. The only benefit with LED is that it consumes less power, which results in lower utility costs. The lowered consumption also benefits the environment in the long run.
Now, why people have this concern is because they’re confused about the whole “light source” and “light quantity” aspect of things. Yes, a high amount of light falling within a short-wavelength can cause issues.
As a light source, LED is no different than any other type of lighting and more importantly, it controls the amount of light that falls within the short-wavelength.
So, no problems here!
Traditional street lighting is better
This is completely untrue. High-Pressure Sodium lighting has issues such as glare, light spillage, and uplight, which is never the case with LED lighting. With LED lamps, you don’t have to suffer due to glare or worry about light reaching areas that don’t need lighting.