Do you protect your eyes sufficiently from LED lights?
Whether it's billboards, smartphones or tablets: LED lighting has dangerous side effects for your eyes. A recent statement from the French health authority ANSES warns of the unprotected use of LED lights. Retina eyes can be permanently damaged. In addition, research has shown that light deteriorates our sleep rhythm. However, there are precautions that can protect you from permanent damage.
French health authority Agence nationale de securite sanitaire de l alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (ANSES) warns that LED lamps can permanently damage the retina and, in addition, impair the natural sleep pattern. ANSES summarized the current state of research in more than 400 pages of the report.
Can LEDs blink you?
LED lights are described as phototoxic from the French authorities. The report states that this could cause irreversible loss of retinal cells and may be a common cause of blindness. ANSES insisted that the maximum exposure limit be revised for LEDs that emit a much higher level of so-called. Blue light. LED screens for phones, tablets and laptops seem to pose a low risk of damage to the eye, but it looks different in the intense headlights of the car, which can harm our eyes.
What's the Danger of Mobile Phones?
Mobile phones, tablets and computers are only a small risk because their brightness is very low compared to other types of lighting. However, these backlit devices, especially when used at night or in dark environments, can disrupt our biological rhythms, and thus our sleep patterns, ANSES warns. Children are particularly susceptible to such disorders.
How dangerous is chronic low intensity exposure?
This report distinguishes between acute exposure to high intensity of LED light and chronic exposure to low intensity sources. Although chronic exposure is less dangerous to the eyes, it can still accelerate the retention of retinal tissue and contribute to vision problems, reports the agency.
There are more and more LED lights
Long-lasting, energy-efficient and economical LED technology took half of the general lighting market in just ten years. Insiders from the industry assume that the share of LED lamps will even increase to more than 60 percent by the end of next year. The LED light consumes only about one-fifth of the current required by a normal light bulb with similar illumination. LEDs are primarily used for home and street lighting, as well as for offices and industry. They are also increasingly found in car headlights, flashlights, and even in some toys. The basic technology for the production of white light combines short-wave LEDs, such as blue or ultraviolet with a yellow phosphor coating.
How can we protect ourselves from LED light?
At best, use the so-called. A blue light filter on your phone, tablet, or computer to protect yourself at night. There are also applications that filter the blue light in the evening. Other options, such as night mode on the device, reduce the blue light emission at any time of the day. Avoid using your phone or computer in the dark while the pupils are wider and absorb more blue light.
Disorders due to disturbed circadian rhythm
It is known, according to ANSES, that it exacerbates metabolic disorders such as diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer when the circadian rhythm of the organism is disturbed. In addition, small variations in electrical current can cause some stroboscopic effect on some LED lamps, contributing to headaches, eye fatigue and increased risk of accidents, explains the researchers in their report.
Which light should be used for home use?
ANSES recommends purchasing warm white LED home lighting to limit the exposure of a high-beam LED source. The brighter or brighter, the greater the proportion of the blue in the spectrum. In addition, the use of the LED screen before sleeping should be avoided. Manufacturers of too bright headlights should limit the intensity of light. (As)