Burton Lighting has Answers to the Emerging Controversy over the Safety of LED Lighting

Growing concerns over the safety of LED lighting, primarily due to the large amount of blue wavelength light, has prompted some agencies to issue warnings.

In June 2016 the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning about bright white LED street lighting having a potentially harmful effect on human health and the natural environment. The concern is due to the amount of short-wavelength blue light in lighting with color temperatures over 3000K. (Note: higher Kelvin temperatures have more blue in the spectral content, which makes the light appear “whiter.”) The concern arises because many major U.S. cities have opted to retrofit their street lighting with LEDs at 4000K and 5000K, which contain a high level of short-wavelength blue light.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) recently warned that new scientific findings confirm earlier concerns that "exposure to an intense and powerful LED light is 'photo-toxic' and can lead to irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision."

The "blue light" in LED lighting can damage the retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms by reducing melatonin production, France's government-run health agency said last week. Concern over this issue is reflected in the new "night time" feature on many cell phones which reduce the blue light for viewing at night so as to help people sleep better.

In addition, a stroboscopic effect in some LED lights - provoked by tiny fluctuations in electric current - can induce "headaches, visual fatigue and a higher risk of accidents; disturb biological rhythms, and thus sleep patterns," the report said.

Answering these concerns, Burton Lighting Inc. has spent years designing and engineering a light bulb that addresses harmful stroboscopic flicker by utilizing integrated circuits and valley fill capacitors. In the Burton Bulb, the LED current is regulated to provide superior efficiency, reliability, and a power factor correction that eliminates visible flicker during dimming and reduces the amount of invisible flicker to minimal amounts. In addition, the bulbs cover the blue diodes with material that converts the controversial blue light to warm soft light that mimics true incandescent light, resulting in a color temperature of 2200K – well below the 3000K level of concern.

The Burton Bulb is an elegant lighting solution to the problems plaguing the LED lighting industry. These Edison-style bulbs are very popular with restaurants and lighting designers who want to create a welcoming environment in the spaces they design.

Burton Lighting Inc. exists to make light bulbs great again, by providing high quality electronic components and Flicker-less LED Technology(TM) that is completely dimmable and creates an atmosphere that is healthier for humans and feels more like natural light.

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