Technology is constantly evolving. Our civilization today has been extensively furnished with technological breakthroughs. One such breakthrough is the LED light bulb.
LED light bulbs are common household items today in many homes. We bask in their luminesce, no doubt about that. But do you know these LED light bulbs can have negative effects on your long-term, vision even as far as the normalcy of your sleep?
Brushing past the technical details, we see that LED (fully known as Light Emitting Diodes) light bulbs consume about 95% less energy when measured against incandescent light sources. Let us take some time to look at the impact these shiny LED light bulbs may have on our eyes and general health.
First, we should establish the reality that LED light bulbs don’t have the capacity to emit near-infrared radiation. Such near-infrared radiation is a big necessity for your general well-being. Another thing we would point out early here is that LED light bulbs produce an extravagant quantity of blue light. This blue light is not helpful for your health, especially for your sleep patterns. This blue light in the longer term can even harm your vision.
It is true we are getting more used to using LED light bulbs in our homes. Some even like LED light bulbs for their warmness to touch. But then it is unfortunate that we don’t get near-infrared radiation from these LED light bulbs as you can get from halogen bulbs and even incandescent bulbs. It is this very near-infrared radiation that you get from the sun’s radiation.
One lovely thing about this radiation (lacking in LED light bulbs) is their ability to trigger mitochondrial ATP, as well as helping in the regeneration and repair of your retina. Now let us talk about the troublesome amount of blue light it emits.
The amount of blue light being emitted from your LED light bulbs is not the best for your health. From the scientific dimension, blue light happens to be the light with the shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum. This is bad for eyes, especially as overexposure to blue light harms your retina, even causing further damage to your eyes’ photoreceptors and macula. It is against such harm that you wear your sunglasses when exposed to intense sunlight. Worse still, such blue light is pelted at us from LCD screens in our modern television sets, our tablets, and even our phones. This hurts the normalcy of our sleeping patterns.
To be clear, we do not recommend throwing out your LED light bulbs altogether. Rather, we aim to simply inform of the side effects associated with too much exposure to LED light. This way we can be more informed about the topic, and make educated decisions for how often we wish to use this form of very common lighting.