Outdoor LED Lighting Highlights Challenges of Early Adopters
New technology is often the answer many companies are looking for. It may improve the product and distinguish it from the competition. It may be quicker to market, more cost effective, or meet a demand from a particular segment. However, there may be unintended consequences of the new technology as well.
On June 14, 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a news release outlining their guidance for communities on selecting LED lighting options to minimize potential harmful effects on humans and our environment.
Many communities are converting their outdoor lighting options to light-emitting diodes (LED) because the use less energy and last much longer than traditional lighting sources. LED lighting comes in many different color temperature ranges.
The AMA is recommending that outdoor street lighting have a color temperature of no more than 3,000 Kelvin. Color temperature of a light source is defined as a numerical measurement of its color appearance. Light sources with a color temperature of more than 3,000 Kelvin have been shown to negatively affect driving safety (through increased nighttime glare), humans’ circadian rhythms, and the well-being of many species of wildlife, including turtles.
As with all new technology, it is important to take many factors into consideration before implementation and to work with accredited standards organizations and stakeholders to understand potential impacts.
To read the full text of the AMA guidance, log on to their website and search for LED.