BUFFALO, N.Y. – In case you haven’t noticed, many places are lighting-up the night with LED lights. They’re bright – and they save money on energy and maintenance but the American Medical Association introduced a new policy: dim it.
Almost everything in Buffalo is lit-up with LED lights. Take a stroll down Canalside or a view of the Peace Bridge at night; it’s all an LED lightshow. However, safety advocates and doctors with the AMA are concerned about the way these lights are used.
Almost 50 percent of all car crashes in America occur at between 9 PM and 9 AM when the outside environment is darkest. A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says ighting, or the lack of lighting, is commonly a factor and while LED lights are cost-efficient and good for the environment but there are some drawbacks.
“Street lighting can be a game changer and both bright lights and dim lights have been factors in crashes in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “It’s very important to keep lighting at a specific brightness to make the roads as safe as possible.”
According to the AMA, the glare of bright LED lights can constrict your eyes, making it more difficult to see at night. Bright lights can also twist-up sleep cycles and it could potentially affect local wildlife.
Doctors said high-intensity LED lighting emits large amounts of blue light, which can create extreme nighttime glare and potentially cause a car crash.
Luckily, the brightness of LED lights can be adjusted and the AMA is hoping cities across America get the message and dim the lights.
“Glare is a common issue every driver has likely faced,” Barnes said. “Whether they’re high-beams or LED street lights, they can cause dangerous accidents and we want drivers to be aware of these hazards before driving on the roads after sun down.”
Different lights emit different colors and there’s a measurement called “color temperature.” A higher color temperature usually means it’s high in blue light, which appears white to us. The Association recommends that street lighting have a color temperature of 3,000 Kelvin (K) or less for safety reasons.
As proud supporters of the Western New York community, Cellino & Barnes urges all drivers to practice safe driving habits – especially at night:
- Always use your headlights in rainy or dark environments
- Frequently clean your windows – both inside and out – to reduce nighttime glare
- Never drink and drive. Call a cab instead
- Use low beams when encountering oncoming traffic
- Be extra alert, especially during the weekends. Drunk driving is a factor in 53 percent of deadly nighttime crashes
If you’ve been injured by a drunk negligent driver, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help you obtain the best result possible. Contact them today for a free case evaluation.