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AMA warns that LED streetlights may be dangerous for drivers

In June of 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a warning concerning the dangers of those bright LED streetlights you have seen lining New York streets. These LEDs emit a blue light that can disrupt your sleep and result in increased health risks such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the AMA believes that these lights wreak havoc with a driver's night vision. This means that the city's LED lights may have contributed to the car accident you had a few nights ago.

At the moment, the AMA, along with other groups, are pushing municipal areas to reconsider the intensity of the LED lights they are using. Across the country, many areas have already made the switch to LED lighting, however there are still many more that plan to do so. The main reason why areas are making the change to LEDs from the old yellow streetlights is because the LEDs are more energy efficient. While the yellow sodium lights only last two to five years, LED lights can last for 15 to 20 years.

Downplaying concerns

Many urban areas are downplaying the concerns raised by the AMA and claim that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Fortunately, New York has started to use lower intensity bulbs in some areas due to resident complaints. However, the city is still resistant to making an all-out change. In other cities across the nation, Seattle for example, the city lighting spokesman claims that the blue light emitting from LED streetlights is much less than what you experience from your computer and television. However, the main difference here is that an individual usually does not drive through city streets while simultaneously looking at a computer or television.

When LEDs first hit the market for outdoor use, the federal government led the way in promoting them to cities and states across the nation. The government lauded their high efficiency and the ability to use them for streetlights and traffic lights. However, many critics believe that the federal government acted too quickly and endorsed the LEDs without enough information about the negative consequences they could have on city residents. This first generation of LEDS had a strong negative impact on people due to their extremely high intensity.


The AMA has backed several studies that link LEDs to sleep issues. Due to the lights, people are not getting enough sleep and the sleep they are getting is not the quality shut-eye that you need. As a result, many people go on to suffer from a decrease in their ability to function during daylight hours. In addition, the risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even obesity is on the rise.

In general, these high-intensity LED lights that are in use across the city might be contributing to your health problems or impairing your night vision while driving, thereby making the roadway dangerous. If this is happening to you, then it is probably happening to other people as well. You may very well be at risk of becoming involved in a car accident because another person did not get enough sleep due to the intrusive LED streetlight just outside his or her bedroom window.



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