Essential LED Safety Reminders
Aug 8, 2019
In the 21st century, many businesses have replaced incandescent light bulbs with LEDs mainly for economical reasons. LEDs last longer, shine brighter, are maintenance-free and usually cost less in the long run. But how much emphasis is put on LED safety? Here are important facts to consider about this type of modern lighting to ensure safety at home and in the workplace.
Dangers of Old Lighting Systems
One of the reasons why LED lighting has been widely adopted is due to claims that it is safer technology than traditional lighting systems. Fluorescent bulbs, for example, emit dangerous UV light. Accidentally breaking a bulb near gasoline can be extremely dangeous, creating explosive conditions. One of the top hazards of traditional lighting is that it emits heat, unlike LEDs. In fact, incandescent bulbs convert over 90 percent of their energy to heat.
If an old light breaks, it can shatter glass, which presents various dangers. Since an LED uses Solid State technology, it’s unnecessary for any glass to surround the bulb, which is part of the key to its durability. Another safety advantage to LEDs is that they are more suitable for outdoor use due to operating on low voltages.
Lighting Safety Issues
For the most part, LED safety is not rocket science, since the lights do not pose any health risks under normal use. So far they have not been linked to any diseases or health conditions such as cancer. For a while, there were rumors that the blue light emitted from LEDs posed health issues, but those fears have been proven to be unwarranted. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that these lights are “no more harmful than other light sources.”
But when using LED lights, it’s important to remember that too much exposure to these lights can cause damage to the retina of the human eye. That’s why the lights should be placed in a position where people are unlikely to stare at them. Other than that, as long as users follow the instructions of manufacturers, LEDs do not pose known health risks.
Keep in mind that LEDs used in homes typically are not as powerful as those used in stores. Even so, LEDs do not emit infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Nor do they emit radiation that pollutes the environment. Part of what makes LEDs safer than traditional lighting is that they operate at low power, such as DC voltage at 12 volts. These modern lights do not contain the hazardous element mercury, which is found in fluorescent bulbs, neon bulbs and metal halide bulbs.
Contact us at Titan LED Lighting Solutions to learn more about LED safety and what these lights can do to improve your business. We serve many different industries and provide solutions for large facilities such as venues, factories and parking lots.