Lighting Innovations LLC, a partnership of three veteran scientists who have collectively been awarded more than 100 U.S. patents and millions of dollars in federal research funding, today launched a web site (www.LowBlueLights.com), through which it will sell lighting-related products that filter out harmful blue rays believed to play a role in cancer.
The lighting researchers, all physicists, believe that these specially coated light bulbs and other related products can actually reduce the risk of cancer in humans. When used at night, ordinary light bulbs, which include a blue component of light, disrupt the body’s production of the hormone melatonin, which fights cancer. By using the products they will sell through the new website, these researchers say, users can increase the portion of the day in which their bodies are producing the cancer-fighting hormone. Cancer survivors and those considered at high risk for the disease because of their genetic make-up are considered likely to be among the site’s first customers.
The new venture’s principals include Dr. Richard L. Hansler, a senior research scientist for GE lighting for more than 40 years, and now an Adjunct Professor at John Carroll University; Dr. Edward Carome, an Emeritus Professor of Physics at John Carroll; and Vilnis Kubulins, who holds a master’s degree in physics. For a number of years, they have worked together in the Lighting Innovations Institute at John Carroll, developing new airport landing lights for the FAA and NASA. They have also conducted research work for Siemens, STERIS, Fiberstars, among other leading companies. The three men are also partners in a new spin-off company, Photonic Developments LLC.
It has been speculated since at least the 1990’s that exposure to normal light at night increases the risk of breast cancer. Blind women are commonly known to have a lower incidence of breast cancer and night-shift workers a higher rate of contracting the disease. But until peer-reviewed clinical trials have verified the harmful effects of blue light, the medical profession is unlikely to take a position regarding the use of these new measures to prevent cancer.
Light bulbs equipped with filters that remove the blue component of light are available for purchase through the site, as are filters for TV and computer screens and eyeglasses that filter out blue light. These products, some of which are sourced from overseas, will only be available through the online store. References to the research behind these products are also available on the web site.
For more information, log on to www.lowbluelights.com.