Recently, there’s been more controversy surrounding the use of high-pressure sodium (HPS) light bulbs. Research shows that this type of bulb contains mercury, which is toxic to humans in certain quantities. Along those same lines, HPS lamps have been shown to emit harmful levels of UV radiation. HPS bulbs have been known to break with minimal impact or even explode in conditions where there’s high heat.
Once a bulb does break, 10-50 milligrams of mercury is immediately released into the air. Nearby workers can be exposed to hazardous toxins and not even know it.
High levels of mercury are dangerous to human. Consistent exposure has been shown to damage the immune system, heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs. Though there isn’t enough data to definitively prove the correlation between mercury exposure and cancer, most researchers concede that there is a strong link between the two.
That begs the question of why even use these bulbs at all. LED fixtures are certainly more durable, and there’s no delicate bulb containing mercury that will explode and cause harm.
Unfortunately, these types of light bulbs are installed all over the world including the U.S. You’ll see them in industrial plants, classrooms, factories, and office buildings. The problem is the cost of changing these bulbs out for more efficient, maintenance-free LED lighting.
With millions of these bulbs installed in thousands of locations, it would cost a small fortune to remove them all and replace them with something eco-friendly.
The Cost of Changing Light Bulbs
According to the US Department of Energy, over 90% of all U.S. industrial facilities rely on antiquated lighting. These facilities are constantly looking for ways to trim costs and overhead so they can be more competitive in their respective industries. The idea of spending thousands of dollars to bring the lighting in just one facility up-to-date is simply not appealing to company executives.
A new collaborative project known as “UV Power” has some exciting applications. Five different research organizations, along with a few companies are working toward providing high-powered UV LEDs for all sorts of uses. The goal is to eventually replace all conventional UV light sources with harmless and less expensive LED lighting.
The project got underway in February of 2017 and is largely funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). All partners in this endeavor are committed to phasing out and eventually eliminating the use of high-pressure sodium (HPS) light bulbs.
New Research Aimed at Phasing Out Antiquated Lighting
The broader program is known as “Advanced UV for Life,” and it includes a consortium of German companies and research institutes. These agencies are working toward improving lighting technology for business, industrial, and residential applications. The common light bulb can be seen just about everywhere you look, but it is high time for a technology upgrade for this ordinary lighting source.
Can the World Eliminate UV and Mercury Exposure Altogether?
Eliminating UV and mercury exposure is an important step in the right direction. Industrial LED lighting fixtures offer a much safer environment for workers, along with reduced energy consumption and improved visibility. The overall cost of LED lighting is lower as well, making it a worthwhile investment that will safeguard people and profitability.
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