Truck LED Lights Can Prevent Sleeping at the Wheel

sleep driverOver 15000 auto crash deaths per year are contributed to drowsy drivers.

Sleep Deprived Auto Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes are directly linked to fatigue and sleepiness each year. Of these 100,000 accidents, there are an estimated 1550 deaths, 71000 injuries, and 12.5 billion dollars being lost! What’s even more frightening is that these statistics may be on the low side of what’s actually happening. Certain states, like Missouri and Wisconsin, have very limited codes when it comes to reporting drowsiness amongst drivers in an accident. Also, there are thousands of unreported accidents each year.

Falling asleep at the wheel has been an ever growing epidemic. Statistics show that men are at the highest risk; especially men aged 18-29 that have children and/or are shift workers. Below are some of the percentages that show how likely people are to drive drowsily:
  • Men 18-29 are 71% likely; Men 30-64 are 52% likely; Men 65+ are 19% likely
  • Men are more likely than women (56% vs. 45%)
  • Adults with children are more likely (59% vs. 45%)

How Will Truck LED Lights Help?

Melatonin Suppression

A recent study from the University of Michigan was the first to report that the white light given by LED lights actually suppresses the release of melatonin. Melatonin, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties, is a compound within the body that helps to control our natural biological clock. In other words, the release of melatonin within the body means that a person will soon be falling asleep.

streetlightOlder yellow tinted streetlights can play a factor in drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
In an article from the Science Daily, the author reports, “Exposure to the light of white LED bulbs, it turns out, suppresses melatonin 5 times more than exposure to the light of high pressure sodium bulbs that give off an orange-yellow light. “ This means that drivers will be 5 times less likely to fall asleep, which of course, would help minimize potential accidents.

Light Pollution?

Many people are pushing for LED lights to be used for street lights and road lighting in general. Cities and municipalities across the US that have made the switch have reported a 60% savings in energy and maintenance costs. This is because LED lights have been proven to only use 20% of the electricity of alternative lights.

Using alternative light bulbs just doesn’t make sense. They give inferior, sleep inducing light and in the long haul they cost more money and waste more energy. Professor Abraham Haim of the University of Haifa says, “Just as there are regulations and standards for ‘classic’ pollutants, there should also be regulations and rules for the pollution stemming from artificial light at night.” The light pollution that he is speaking of is just a reference to humans altering our natural habitat with less than acceptable lighting that wastes energy. What Professor Haim and many others are pushing for is more use of LED lighting.

LED street lightLED streetlights give a more daytime feeling and help keep drivers awake.

LED Headlights and Truck LED Light Systems

Recently, there has been a shift amongst drivers to LED lighting systems. LED lights are available to be installed as headlights and as light bars. These lights are a little more expensive for drivers, but because they are so efficient and have 25 times the lifespan, it’s a worthwhile investment that will also help keep drivers safe. Not only will they suppress melatonin and help drivers stay awake, LED lights are capable of illuminating dark back roads that can be filled with dangerous crash-causing animals. The powerful white beams of an LED light are 5 to 10 times stronger than incandescent alternatives and are capable of transforming the nighttime darkness into the light of daytime. It just doesn’t make sense to pick anything other than LED.

By: Tim Snyder
Posted on September 25th, 2013
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