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Are LED lights the cause of your disability

Migraines, double vision, diminished vision, eye pain, increase risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration, suppression of melatonin, neurological disturbances, and interference with sleep are some of the reasons not to use these.

LED lights are less than beneficial to our overall well-being and a large part of the population suffers from the medical issues mentioned above as a result of LED lights.

Say NO to happy national LED light day!

Instead of celebrating LED light day, there are many more reasons why we should not celebrate it. Always, listen, gather information and question.

As far back as 2016 the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted guidance for communities on selecting LED lighting for street lighting to minimize potential permanent harmful human and environmental effects.

The AMA reported, “Despite the energy efficiency benefits, some LED lights are harmful when used as street lighting." The impact on night drivers is intense. LED lighting gives off vast amounts of blue light that appears white to the naked eye and in turn causes substantially worse glare than conventional lighting. This glare results in safety issues on the road ways.

Furthermore, vision is decreased resulting in safety issues on the road. Discomfort and pain often accompany the exposure to LED lighting.

AMA has released other studies concerning the effects of LED lighting in the indoor environment that cause many of the same symptoms and disabilities as outdoor LED lighting.

For the legal stuff, can LED lighting in the workplace that causes symptoms listed at the beginning of this post result in a disability that may require a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?

Yes, a reasonable accommodation may be required from symptoms suffered as a result of LED lighting as long as it affects a major life activity or major bodily function.

The ADA defines those as follows:

Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Major bodily functions include, but are not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

If you know someone who may be suffering from LED light exposure symptoms and needs an accommodation in the workplace, let them know that they might be the subject of disability discrimination if their employer refuses to accommodate them. I can help them. They can reach me at or 978-681-0017.

This article is for information purposes only and is not meant to be construed as legal advice. For more information or discussion contact me at or at 978-681-0017.

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