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Blue Light Issue Feb 2010

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The IDA has suggested that "blue light" might cause some problems for outdoor lighting. This anlysis shows LEDs have less blue light than most traditional sources and suggests the priorities that we should work on together to help reduce the night time sky glow issues.

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Blue Light Issue Feb 2010

  1. 1. “ Blue” Light
  2. 2. “ Blue” Light Controversy “… bluish light produces high levels of light pollution with significant environmental impact. Short wavelength light also increases sky glow disproportionately. In addition, blue light has a greater tendency to affect living organisms through disruption of their biological processes that rely upon natural cycles of daylight and darkness, such as the circadian rhythm. …Developers of light sources should be required to refine their products to limit blue light at wavelengths shorter than 500 nm.” - IDA 10/7/2009 Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg. “… IDA’s recommendations of curtailing emissions of light wavelengths shorter than 500 nanometers over the complete life of the lamp and minimizing the use of light sources with a CCT above 3000 Kelvin are unsubstantiated, and are contrary to the Department of Energy’s mission to improve energy efficiency and environmental quality. High CCT lighting for outdoor applications should be neither mandated nor prohibited at a national level; qualified designers should be free to determine the relative importance of color and efficacy for any given project.” - U.S. Department of Energy
  3. 3. Dream Come True For Dark Skies…? Courtesy of BetaLED Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg.
  4. 4. Paved Surfaces Reflect 50% Less “Blue” * * A Sustainable Approach to Outdoor Lighting Utilizing Concrete Pavement, Portland Concrete Association, 2009 Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg.
  5. 5. “ Blue Light” Spectral Comparison Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg. Cool White LED 6000K Metal Halide 4000K Lamp Type % Energy <500nm Metal Halide 34% Cool White LED 31% Mercury Vapor 27% T8 Fluorescent 22% Commercial White LED 20% Commercial White LED 4000K
  6. 6. “ Blue Light” Spectral Comparison Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg. Cool White LED 6000K Commercial White LED 4000K T8 Fluorescent 4000K Lamp Type % Energy <500nm Metal Halide 34% Cool White LED 31% Mercury Vapor 27% T8 Fluorescent 22% Commercial White LED 20%
  7. 7. “ Blue Light” Spectral Comparison Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg. Cool White LED 6000K Commercial White LED 4000K Mercury Vapor 4000K Lamp Type % Energy <500nm Metal Halide 34% Cool White LED 31% Mercury Vapor 27% T8 Fluorescent 22% Commercial White LED 20%
  8. 8. Working Together On The Top Priorities <ul><li>Eliminate up-light with full cut-off traditional or LED luminaires (LED technology makes designing zero- up-light fixtures straight-forward) </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce overall outdoor lighting levels by standardizing the unified photometry work of LRC http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/solidstate/assist/pdf/AR-VisualEfficacy-Jan2009.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerate serious academic investigation of the “blue light” issue including actual levels of blue light reflected, environmental impact, and impact on Rayleigh scattering </li></ul>Copyright © 2010, Cree, Inc. pg.

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