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LED Street Lights IMPACT Health - Period. PHE Informed Councils - Highways Magazine.

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Britain’s new generation of street lights risk dramatically increasing rates of breast and prostate cancer, according to a new study.

Scientists have warned officials to consider limiting the roll-out of LED (light-emitting diode) lights after an investigation indicated a “strong link” between the technology and the disease.

Hundreds of thousands of street lights have so far been switched to LED, which are cheaper to run and result in lower emissions, while approximately 30 per cent of the the lights on motorways and A roads in England have also been upgraded.

However, analysis of more than 4,000 people living in 11 separate regions of Spain established a link between heavy exposure to the LED lighting and a doubling of the risk of prostate cancer, as well as a 1.5-times higher chance of breast cancer.

The nature of the study means researchers cannot prove a causal link, but they believe the “blue light” emitted by the LEDs may be disrupting the body’s circadian rhythm, which in turn affects hormone levels.

Both breast and prostate cancers are hormone-related.

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Replacement bulbs.

In the UK, unfortunately hundreds of thousands of street lights have already been replaced by 5G LED lampposts. Even after Public Health England (PHE) has warned that the LEDs could cause long-term damage to peoples eyesight, leaving them with health problems akin to "permanent jet lag".

We can't buy back our eyesight...

PHE suggested local authorities should limit the impact of LED street lights.

Dozens of councils have replaced sodium street lights with cheaper LED alternatives, claiming they reduce energy use by up to 40 per cent.

But with high levels of blue light being known to cause damage to the retina in the eye, and cause chaos for wildlife.

The question then is, are we willing to sacrifice our vision, and our environment, just to meet financial quotas set by governments and local councils?

Marks Data Sources.


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