Your FAQs Answered: Are LED Lights Safe?
May 8, 2019
When operating a warehouse, commercial building, or other large building, undoubtedly one of your biggest energy consumers will be the lighting. This is especially true for those warehousing units with high bay fixtures and who need to operate lights longer than the traditional nine-to-five shifts. A great method of cutting down on lighting costs over the long-term and improve the quality of light is to switch out old fluorescent and HID (high-intensity discharge) lightbulbs for LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Of course, before doing so, many operators and property managers are likely to have questions, one of the most common of which we hear is, “Are LED lights safe?”
The short answer is yes. In fact, LEDs are often more safe than other lighting options. Of course, with all electrical appliances, commonsense safety measures should be in place. The following is a quick look at why LED lights are safe, as well as some practical advice to ensure that employees, coworkers, friends, and family stay safe and enjoy all the great advantages LEDs have to offer:
Answering the Question: Are LED Lights Safe?
- LED lights have a lower heat output. If your commercial building operates somewhere in which heat load is important, then one excellent way in which LEDs can actually improve the safety in your building is via a reduced heat output. For example, if you have a refrigeration warehouse then maintaining an optimum steady refrigeration temperature is vital to the preservation of your products. As LED lights emit a minimal amount of heat, they can also significantly help reduce the need for air conditioning. Furthermore, LED lighting’s lack of heat output can make them safe to use in scenarios when other bulbs may present a fire hazard.
- LEDs offer exceptional light quality and brightness. In the early years of LED production, they were criticized as being not bright enough with poor light quality. This made many consider them a poor and unsafe choice for working environments in which well-lit spaces are a priority. However, today’s LEDs have come a long way. Today, LEDs are often significantly brighter than other common bulbs. LEDs are available with color temperatures ranging from 2,500K to 6,500K and Color Rendering Indexes of up to 90. These higher numbers enable managers and property owners to install bright and high-quality lights that will ensure working spaces are well-lit and safe to operate in.
- Bright blue LEDs, like all bright blue lights, should be used in moderation. There is some truth to the concern that blue LEDs may have side effects for people who are constantly exposed to them, but the bigger truth is that all bright blue lights are dangerous with prolonged exposure. That’s because the human eye cannot readily handle blue, particularly bright blue, lights. Extended exposure can commonly cause nausea, temporary headaches, and may increase the risk of macular degeneration. However, all bright blue lights have this same risk and thus it’s important for buyers of any lights to consider these ramifications and stay away from using bright blue lights in any area where workers are consistently present.
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