LED Technology Could Be Used to Fight Malaria

There are many different applications of LED lights, and while our services involve property lighting, there are people around the world doing many other things with the technology. One of the most important uses for LED lights may be in the fight against Malaria. If you aren’t familiar with the disease, it was responsible for the death of more than half a million people in 2013 alone. It affects people in several regions throughout the world, most notably in Africa. And while LED lights can’t help people who already have the disease, they could help to slow the spread of it.

That’s because Malaria is mainly spread by female mosquitoes. These insects carry the disease, and when they bite people to feed off their blood, they unwittingly pass on the disease. Fortunately, there are a few ways to avoid mosquitoes, some of which are more effective than others. According to a new study published in The Royal Society, LED lights may be one of those ways to avoid mosquitoes.

Kichler-LandscapeWhen compared to standard fluorescent lights, research indicates that mosquitoes are much less attracted to LED bulbs. If the majority of lights in places where Malaria is common were replaced with LED bulbs, there is a good chance the disease would spread at a much slower rate, ultimately saving thousands of lives each year.

This is exciting news, and we only hope that this research can be implemented as soon as possible. We know that things like this don’t change every night, but this is just another reason why the switch to LED should be made sooner rather than later.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/led-lights-malaria_n_7136406.html