One of the most overlooked health risks in today’s world is chronic exposure to blue light. This can lead to diabetes, obesity, depression and other modern day diseases.
Blue light actually looks white to the naked eye. It is emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, TVs, computer screens, eBook readers, and energy efficient fluorescent and LED lights. So if you work indoors, you are chronically exposed to high levels of blue light.
This issue is getting more attention. Last May, Apple released Night Shift with its new iOS 9.3 update in an effort to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from iPhones and iPads. And last June, the AMA adopted guidance for communities on selecting LED lighting options to minimize potential harmful human and environmental effects.
This is an issue that affects all of us. Eighty percent of the US has a smart phone and in recent years there has been a huge shift from incandescent bulbs, to compact fluorescent bulbs, and now to LED bulbs.
Almost all of us who work indoors in an office building, hospital, or store are under fluorescent tube lights. Some buildings are shifting to LED lights in an effort to save more energy. Read More