It's little secret that LEDs have a whole raft of benefits over more old-fashioned bulbs. Indeed, we've waxed lyrical on this very blog about the how they can save money and keep energy consumption low, not to mention their superior illumination qualities and longevity when compared to incandescent offerings. Now, a new report has detailed just what effects LEDs have on humans, which will help lighting manufacturers design new and innovative uses for the tiny bulbs. Let's take a look at what the study found.
Report for action
The report was ordered by the Society of Light and Lighting, which is a subsidiary of the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, with the ultimate goal of finding out the effects – both negative and positive – of LED lighting on humans. Additionally, the report sought to uncover whether LEDs are really as energy-efficient and green (in the eco-friendly sense!) as their manufacturers say they are. Here are the findings of the in-depth study.
None of the many LEDs tested in experiments posed any sort of risk to the eyes.
Largely, LEDs were found to be hugely more efficient than their ancient counterparts, and that will come as no surprise to anyone that has compared their energy bill with LEDs installed over older bulbs. It was also confirmed that the advertised performance of the majority of LED bulbs is broadly accurate, which will put paid to unfounded fears that manufacturers could be trying to dupe customers by overstating these vital figures.
The human league
From a human health perspective, it was noted that none of the many LEDs tested in experiments posed any sort of risk to the eyes, especially the retina, which extinguishes any lingering worries on that front. One interesting snippet of information that did come from the report was that the use of LEDs should be considered as part of a home or commercial lighting fixture as a whole to discern whether or not such bulbs are suitable for the purpose. This could become increasingly important to manufacturers as they battle each other to come up with new and innovative ways to attract the customers' attention, rather than simply efficiency and their energy-saving prowess.
"This report is a valuable collection of data that will be extremely useful in enabling both the public and private sector to make informed choices when looking to procure LED lighting solutions and promote energy efficiency," said Jeff Shaw, president-elect of the Society of Light and Lighting, in a press release.
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