Is Household Lighting Really Worthy Of A Warning Label?

Should the average consumer count their household lighting as a potential health hazard? Bulb manufacturers at Lighting Science appear to think so as the company’s LED packing will soon include a health warning, informing consumers of the “biological effects, some potentially disruptive” that may result from exposure to certain types of light. What’s really behind this warning? Is this a message that consumers need to know, or will it simply create a lot of fear and confusion?

Do lightbulbs need a health warning label? | Consumer Reports


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“Lighting Science has hired former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., as a consultant. ‘The fact is that the wrong kind of light can be disruptive on sleep patterns,’ he says. ‘I think this label gives interesting information to the public so they can decide, particularly for people with sleep problems.’ Lighting Science’s—mentioned in the warning—offers health information and functions as a marketing tool by including links to purchase some of the company’s specialty LEDs, such as the $60 Good Night bulb.”

What are your thoughts on the voluntary labeling and indicated health warning? Will it genuinely serve the public by helping them become more informed or does it sound too much like a marketing tool that will end up clouding public perception of lighting options– and how they may or may not affect an individual? Will the warning have a ripple effect on other lighting manufacturers? Leave a comment with your thoughts