Experts Recognized LED Lights As Dangerous

According to a study commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in the UK, LED headlamps, so popular on modern cars, dazzle drivers more often than halogen or xenon optics.

LED lights have a number of unconditional advantages: they serve for a long time, they have small dimensions and a relatively low level of energy consumption. Plus the diodes do not radiate harmful ultraviolet.

However, for drivers, they are far from safe, and, according to the latest studies, can irreparably damage the human retina.

There is a concern that blue and cold white LEDs can exceed the safe limits of the so-called “blue light hazard”, as defined in the safety standards for the eyes.

Experts of the RAC have determined that the probability to blind drivers of oncoming vehicles is much higher for cars with LED optics. The light beam of the diode head is focused and does not dissipate. Accustomed to the perception of sunlight, the human eye recognizes the light of the diodes as white and blue, and in the dark it appears brighter than that of halogen headlamps.

Moreover, the performance of LEDs depends largely on the ambient temperature. High temperatures can lead to overheating of the LED package and its malfunction.

The sixth part of people at the wheel, being blinded by the light of the LED headlamps, lose their orientation. Therefore, representatives of the RAC advise automakers to review the standards of automotive optics to reduce roadside risks.