In the last 30 years, there have been hundreds of scientific papers published on the beneficial aspects of near-infrared light (NIR).
You can’t feel NIR as heat nor see it, but it has a major health impact especially for your eyes and cell energy.
- NIR helps prime the cells in your retina for ‘repair & regeneration’ and reduces the risk of macular degeneration
- NIR is vital to the production of cellular energy ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
LEDs & Near Infrared Light
Energy saving LEDs are long-lasting, but critical components of their biological impact has been ignored.
- Near-infrared is missing in common full-spectrum LEDs.
Most LEDs emit an excessive amount of blue light. Blue has the highest energy in the visible part of the spectrum. Most LEDs lack the essential, counterbalancing healing and regenerative red and near-infrared frequencies.
- The repair and regenerative part of the spectrum is not found in the blue wavelengths.
Blue wavelengths create ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). ROS describes a number of reactive molecules and free radicals that have long been known to be a component of the killing response of immune cells to microbial invasion. When generated in excess, ROS can cause damage.
- Tissue regeneration and repair wavelengths are not present in common LED bulbs.
Unfortunately, when using common full-spectrum LEDs, you end up with increased damage and decreased repair and regeneration. We have increased stress on the blue short wavelength part and we have reduced regeneration and repair on the red long wavelength part.
We don’t have this kind of light quality in nature. This is a problem with serious stress consequences in the retina and endocrine system.