It's no secret that insects can be a nuisance, especially when spending time outdoors. Many diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Malaria, are insect born and peak during the summer months. Travis Longcore, a professor of spatial sciences at the University of Southern California, is working with Royal Philips, a Dutch electronics company, to develop bulbs less attractive to insects. "He took experimental Philips LED bulbs whose mix of red, blue, green and white could be “tuned” and tested them against off-the-shelf LEDs and compact fluorescent bulbs — all suspended at night over traps of soapy water in the Santa Monica Mountains." Scientists are working on creating LED light bulbs that would give off less blue light and might help protect people from insect-borne diseases. Insects are attracted to the blue tones of the lights. And, humans find the blue-toned LED lights cold and unflattering. "The ideal, Dr. Longcore said, would be 'an energy-efficient bulb that has a comfortable color temperature and minimizes insect attraction, solving all of these problems together.'"
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When purchasing your next new car, you may not know whether or not to splurge on LED headlights. Westways Magazine recently put together a study about which types of headlights help you see better when driving at night.
In the last decade, car makers have began to put LED lighting into their headlights and taillights. Most every car comes standard or has the option to upgrade to LED. But is it worth it?
The go to bulbs for many years have been Halogen. They are cheap, but need to be replaced every two to three years. High-intensity discharge bulbs, or HIDs, last four to six years, but are more costly to replace. While the most expensive option is LED, they last for 10,000 hours. According to Acura spokesperson Jessica Howell, that is "five times longer than HIDs and 10 times longer than halogens." The bottom line is that LED and HID headlights perform better than halogen headlights. And, While LEDs seem like the most expensive option now, they are actually cheaper in the long run.
Here are some tips to make sure that you are seeing farther down the road, no matter what headlights you have: