Shedding light on health concerns
Re. “City moves forward with switch to LED street lamps,” Feb. 13
The city moving forward with the switch to LED street lamps should concern us all.
Blue light increases the risk of macular degeneration ( blindness) and cancer of the eye. Furthermore, exposure to LED lighting in the evening can make it harder to fall asleep.
The American Medical Association warns that LED street lighting can have harmful effects on humans and the environment, and German physician and photobiologist Alexander Wunsch states that the wrong use of artificial light can have serious health consequences, from macular degeneration to breast and prostate cancer.
The City of Edmonton is saving money by replacing sodium street lights with LEDs, but what is the cost to Alberta Health as we succumb to increased rates of disease?
Carol Price, St. Albert