AMA Adopts Community Guidance to Reduce Melatonin Suppression

AMA Adopts Community Guidance to Reduce Melatonin Suppression

AMA Adopts Community Guidance to Reduce the Harmful Effects, Such As Melatonin Suppression, of High Intensity Street Lighting

Strong arguments exist for overhauling the lighting systems on US roadways with light emitting diodes (LED), but conversions to improper LED technology can have adverse consequences, states the American Medical Association (AMA).  In response, physicians at the AMA annual meeting adopted guidance for communities on selecting among LED lighting options to minimize potential harmful human and environmental effects.

Converting conventional street light to energy efficient LED lighting leads to cost and energy savings, and a lower reliance on fossil-based fuels. Approximately 10% of existing US street lighting has been converted to solid state LED technology, with efforts underway to accelerate this conversion.

“Despite the energy efficiency benefits, some LED lights are harmful when used as street lighting,” AMA board member Maya A. Babu, MD, MBA, says in a release. “The new AMA guidance encourages proper attention to optimal design and engineering features when converting to LED lighting that minimize detrimental health and environmental effects.”

(Of course, if you are familiar with Ellipz Lighting, you know that we do not fall into this harmful light category due to our innovative approach to creating light optimized for human eye physiology/)

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