The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning on high-intensity LED streetlights emitting a blue light that can possibly disturb sleep rhythm and increase the risk of some health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
AMA’s report also cautioned that the lights are not just dangerous for humans, but also for animals especially for nocturnal animals, insects, and birds. From the other side, Lightning Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York City said that LED lights pose less risk than the AMA’s report suggests.
LED streetlights can be found in cities across the US, from New York City and Seattle to Houston and Los Angeles. This warning could push cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of LED lights installed on the streets across the country.
According to a report from the Department of Energy, nearly 13% of lighting is LED lighting, which is overall 50% more energy efficient and lasts between 15 and 20 years.
Some cities report that health concerns are not convincing enough to override all the benefits of the LED lights that have been installed in the past few years. Still, in some cities such as Seattle and New York, people often complain that the bright LED lights are too harsh, cold and invasive.
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Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija