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Old 05-17-2019, 12:19 PM   #1
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A French study has concluded that “high output” (whatever that means) LED lighting can cause retinal damage over a prolonged period of time. The issue seems to be at the blue part of the spectrum. The yellow part doesn’t appear to be a concern.

It might be something to carry around in your bag of information when discussing colour temperature with customers, especially if you’re dealing with health freaks.
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All I know about the subject is if I sit here too long in front of this stupid led laptop screen watching Ben Gravy surf video's then all the speed and other warning sign's on the streets are real blurry when I get my ass off the couch and start driving.
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My 8-year-old is terrified of blue light.


Which is a problem because the major component of the lighting for my 225 gallon SPS coral growing tank is ~420nm
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Could you link that for us.
90% of our airfield is LED and friggin bright.


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My 8-year-old is terrified of blue light.


Which is a problem because the major component of the lighting for my 225 gallon SPS coral growing tank is ~420nm
That's only because they've seen daddy stuffed into a cop car one too many times.
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Here's a Harvard article on blue light.

They don't mention physical harm so much as the body's physiological response to thinking it's daytime due to the spectrum of the artificial light.

I've found that if at sunset I turn off all indoor lights, it gets my body accustomed to knowing it's night time and not being wide awake at 11:30 when going to bed.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/stayi...as-a-dark-side
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Could you link that for us.
90% of our airfield is LED and friggin bright.


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I don’t know how to post a link from my phone but it came from CTV.
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I googled the headline and this is what I got:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/french...ting-1.4423910

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/healt...rnd/index.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ity-warns.html
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Tim:

Is your airfield lighting actually Blue LED or white LED with blue lenses on the fixtures?
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And here's an article saying they suspect a correlation between LED lighting and cancer.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...esearch-warns/

Operative word in that headline is "may".
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And here's an article saying they suspect a correlation between LED lighting and cancer.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...esearch-warns/

Operative word in that headline is "may".
Yeah, research sponsored by the Incandescent Lighting Council
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Yeah, research sponsored by the Incandescent Lighting Council
Is it? I haven't read it yet. I just came across it when searching for the article above it.

My first thought was that LED lights are in urban areas which is where all the vehicle and industrial exhaust is. Kind of like saying salt in water results in shark bites. It's not the salt that does it, it's the shark.
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I’m not saying I agree with the study. No doubt another study will come out with something different. Information is always good to have when talking with people, though. Sometimes “Umm, duh, erm, I dunno” doesn’t work too well.
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Is it? I haven't read it yet. I just came across it when searching for the article above it.

My first thought was that LED lights are in urban areas which is where all the vehicle and industrial exhaust is. Kind of like saying salt in water results in shark bites. It's not the salt that does it, it's the shark.
I was just being silly. But I don't trust studies by the "Trust us, we're scientists!" crowd anymore.
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Is your airfield lighting actually Blue LED or white LED with blue lenses on the fixtures?
I know my airport area do have mixed bag of Blue Led and white led with blue lenes but the lens verison is not too bad afaik .,, but straight bleu led yes they are strong light strength.

Majorty of the time the bleu lights are at med setting ( same instensty as taxiway ) the only time it come on full blast is during pretty good amount of rain then yes it will crank it up but have to be aware of glare.

And the other factor will play is FAA or other avation regulations reguarding of luminaires on airports so they are pretty specific on the type and brightness.

for non taxiway / runways area we have to use super sharp cutoff luminaires to keep the glare down.
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My 8 year old is going to love this thread, he is months ahead of you guys on the blue LED are death subject. I’ll let him post his opinion if he chooses to.
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I’m not saying I agree with the study. No doubt another study will come out with something different. Information is always good to have when talking with people, though. Sometimes “Umm, duh, erm, I dunno” doesn’t work too well.
Yeah, but sometimes Umm, duh, erm, I dunno, can get yer ass out of a pinch point that too much information got it into.
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The RWY and approaches are White, taxi edge lights are Blue, taxi centerline are Green, entrance to an apron and RWY guard lights are Amber, stop bars are Red. The lenses are colored but the LEDs are also the same color as the lens, not interchangeable.
Brightness setting are B1-B5, B-1 is basically dim and B-5 will cut through fog and snow.


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