Light Emitting Diodes – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you…

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Plans to replace all 27,000 street lamps across the Wirral with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) is underway. Cllr Stuart Whittingham, cabinet member for highways is quoted in the Wirral Globe as saying ‘this investment is fantastic news for everyone. It brings benefits that are almost immeasurable’. Whilst there may be energy saving benefits of the LED, this investment will take many years to pay for itself. What residents are not being told is that these bright white LEDs (with microwave transmitting devices installed) will have ‘immeasurably’ dangerous health effects on people, the environment and wildlife.

The danger is two fold. Firstly, the bright white LED light is, in itself, not only glaring and unsightly, it is harmful to health. Secondly, the RF (radio frequency) ‘Uninode’ transmitting antenna located on top are transmitting harmful microwaves into the environment, killing insects and small birds and beaming into your child’s bedroom.

Today we will focus on the dangers of the white/blue LED light and next week we will focus on the microwave emitting antennae spewing dangerous frequencies into the environment on continuous transmission

Humans and animals have evolved to require sunlight during the day and darkness at night. Before electric light, we burned wood and candles. This light has a lot of yellow/red and almost no blue and is the most healthy light at night. What we have now is very different. The white light emitted from a LED has a lot of blue and almost no red/yellow. This is disruptive to health, causing an increase in cancers, especially prostrate and breast cancer, by hormone disruption pathways. The bright light emitted from a LED can also cause damage to the retina of the eye and also interrupts sleep patterns because the white/blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, which helps us sleep. Melatonin plays a key role in regulating the day-night cycles and has several other key functions, for example it is a powerful anti-oxidant and also has an anti-inflammatory function. It is estimated that the white LED lampposts are up to five times more effective at suppressing melatonin that the old sodium lamps.

Have you also noticed the uncomfortable glare of the new white LED lampposts compared to the old sodium lights, which are more comfortable to the eye and create a more pleasant ambience at night? Gone are pleasant evening walks with the dog. Night workers, taxi driver and those driving at night will be especially affected. Because LED light is so concentrated and has a high blue content, it causes a severe glare, resulting in pupillary constriction in the eyes. It scatters more in the human eye than the longer wavelengths of yellow and red, damaging the retina. This can cause problems seeing clearly for safe driving or walking at night. You can sense this easily if you look directly into one of the control lights on your new washing machine or other appliance; it is very difficult to do because it hurts. Street lighting can have this same effect. Look up and see how this affects you by comparing the glare and discomfort of the new LED lampposts compared to a street, which still (for now) has the old yellow/orange sodium lights.

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Street lighting is also an important component of light pollution and impacts the environment. Bright electric lighting can also adversely affect wildlife by, for example, disturbing migratory patterns of birds and some aquatic animals which nest on shore. Sleep, nocturnal patterns and hibernation are also affected. It is unlikely a co-incidence that the insect population has also declined by a catastrophic 70-80% since the introduction of these lights as well as the rapid increase in microwave radiation from cell towers and wireless devices over the past decade. If you are old enough, you may remember having hundreds of flies all over your car windscreen even after a short journey. When was the last time you saw even one squashed fly or saw flocks of sparrows or small birds? They have nowhere to hide and are unable to escape the glare and radiation, which is being blanketed across the Wirral and the UK by these lights as well as an alarming increase in cell towers. This information is being ignored or suppressed by industry and government in favour of the huge profits (and consumer demand) of new technology.

The council should be controlling the blue-rich lighting by using the lowest emission of blue light possible and they should be properly shielded. There is almost never a completely satisfactory solution to a complex problem. We must have some lighting at night but we need dimmer warmer lighting that is also technologically safe. The need for energy efficiency is serious, but so too is minimising human risk and contributing to environmental catastrophe from bad lighting.

Next week we will focus on the microwave transmitting antenna on the new LED lampposts which many people have not even noticed yet and that have been rolled out without public knowledge or consent outside your home.

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25 thoughts on “Light Emitting Diodes – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you…

  1. Am I the only person who actually finds the brighter lighting along roads beneficial when walking my dog alone at night and in the early mornings? Feels a lot safer for a woman on her own.

    • Make sure you and your dog either a. wear bright / reflective clothing or b. don’t cross any roads.

      In the past, roads have been lit so that pedestrians are seen as a dark silhouette against the lighter background of the road itself. However the brighter LEDs are known to create discomfort glare in the eyes of drivers, minimising or preventing their ability to see pedestrians in this way. Wearing brighter clothing would overcome this issue as a car’s headlights would pick you and doggy-kins out directly.

      Drivers travelling at speed have to make split-second and what can be life and death decisions, and the rush to blanket LEDs will no doubt be reflected in the pedestrians killed or seriously injured figures in the near future.

  2. finally someone thinking of the bigger picture 👏👏🙌 ..we have to go backwards tech down live in caves or invest heavily in the thousands of innovative products already invented or the millions yet to come, only those that respect the earth whom we have to share with thieves liars cheats and whales

  3. As a time-served exterior lighting design engineer who worked for two councils, I endorse every word of this post. Presumably the antenna on top of each lantern is a transceiver that will form part of the CMS or Control & Management System for the Wirral’s entire Street Lighting Network.

    This system will operate by using these transceivers for control, switching and dimming purposes, whilst reporting of overall statistics, operations, outages, etc. will be done over the mobile phone network back to base, wherever that is.

    Here’s a Freedom of Information request relating to this which I placed with Wirral Council two weeks ago:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4g_and_5g_plans

    Note … should this system adopt 5G working, the microwaves emitted have been deemed a carcinogen by the World Health Organisation – as have been previous mobile phone systems. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radio–frequency electromagnetic fields RF-EMF, that has already been proven to be harmful for humans, animals and the environment. Risks from 5G include: Damage to the eyes – cataracts, retinal damage. Severe sweating.

    Street lighting aside, because effective propagation of 5G carrier waves is inferior to its predecessors, for the new mobile phone network to operate efficiently there will need to be masts every 300 metres. Hence the cutting down of thousands of healthy trees up and down the country under the guise of “removing diseased ones”.

    Another disturbing aspect to 5G is that in the past, the authorities could track you when you carried your phone and you left your GPS switched on. With 5G, this has changed. We will be spying on each other because our own phones will be doing the “dirty work” of tracing and reporting the positions of other third parties. This unwitting spying capability is probably the most likely reason for the authorities’ desperation to get the system up and running.

    There have also been absolutely no studies undertaken by those pushing 5G, peer reviewed or otherwise, into the safety or potential harmful effects of 5G.

    Another point of interest is the courageous activities of a United Nations whistleblower called Claire Edwards. More here:

    https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/01/06/un-staff-member-whistleblower-5g-is-a-global-health-catastrophe/

  4. Does anybody remember the outrage when sodium lighting was introduced many years ago? Dreadful orange colours etc etc. Does nobody have led lighting in their home these days? Note it is prostate cancer not prostrate (unless perhaps if you are lying down).

    • With low pressure sodium lighting, the lamps were more efficient than their predecessors but everything was washed in an ugly, orange light. And the poor “colour rendering” of the surrounding environment, people, cars, buildings was therefore an aesthetic concern. But we’ve got progress now and ready solutions are in the pipeline. And we can all be more quickly rendered dead.

  5. Do you not think that the lack of flies stuck to your windscreen these days is more to do with the fact that windscreens used to be nearly vertical whereas computer modelling and aerodynamics makes the air flow over the top of modern windscreens.

    Maybe you should make it clear that this article is one school of thought rather than stating it as definitive fact.

  6. The LED lampposts complete with the Uninode transmitters (currently advised as lighting management control system) form part of the national (and international) roll out of 5G. 5G is not an upgrade to 4G, it uses much higher and even more biologically damaging frequencies along with phased array antenna and beam forming technologies. The blue/white light itself is proven damaging to health, hormone pathways etc and increases cancer as a result. But the transmitters on top will form part of the 5G infrastructure and will beam inescapable radiation into homes and streets. This will enable driverless cars and super fast download speeds and enable every movement to be tracked. Scientists all over the world are calling for a halt to this dangerous untested technology but this information is being discredited or ignored by governments and councils. Depression, anxiety, tinnitus, dementia, autism and cancer to name a few are known symptoms of radiation sickness and ALL have increased massively in the last 10-15 years since the advent of 2,3 and 4G and wifi, bluetooth etc. Insects, with small body weights and who are extremely sensitive to radiation simply cannot navigate or tolerate this web of combined radiation and unnatural light. 5G is set to make matters much much worse and will be inescapable. It seems incredible that governments would allow this to happen but the industry is worth trillions and trillions. We need to review our own use of wireless devices and I would urge anyone to urgently research the dangers of 5G. Government safety guidelines for wireless non ionising radiation are based on testing a fluid filled mannequin for c. 6 minutes. They do not take any biology, continuous exposure, pulsed frequencies, nor any effects on embryos, children, insects, wildlife or plants into account whatsoever and have not been updated since 1998! This is an appeal from scientists all over the world to halt 5G. If only a fraction of it comes to pass, we are all in serious trouble. Please research before you dismiss or hope this will go away. https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal

  7. I can tell you they do not last very long which puts a question mark over their viability. On my regular route from Lower Bebington to Broadway Roundabout there are 8 of the new LED streetlamps out and they have only been installed a year or two. Lights are out at following locations. Corner of Parkside Road by Wellington next to bus stop. Two adjacent to roundabout at bottom of Heath Road. One by Abbots Grange estate halfway up hill. One by Shalem Court on Teehey Lane. Two just by King’s Close at Broadway Roundabout. I can’t remember which is the other one but that’s quite enough. If they pack up as soon as that they are not worth having especially if you consider the man hours replacing them.

  8. I have a number of issues over this particular blog. Firstly I have not seen any investigations that consider microwave rf, dramatically reducing insect and bird populations so I presume the author is making an invalid assumption (apologies if my presumption is incorrect but perhaps I could be directed to the appropriate study). Secondly the issue of nearly every resident of the UK having a mobile phone permanantly super glued to one of their ears emitting microwaves 1/2″ from their brains. Is this practice turning every UK mobile phone user into a Zombie (well it is, but I don’t think it’s the rf doing it. Finally, I understand that if you are privaliged to have an led lampost outside your bedroom you can ask the council to ⛨ the effect of the light penetration you bedroom. Don’t think this is widely known as Wirral Clown cil seem to be keeping this quiet as the shielding has to be at their cost.

  9. I would ask Mr Rowlands, why is this article stupid. There are for and against arguments on both sides of this fence. There is a argumental issue of all the RF floating around our environment and some of the frequencies are certainly dangerous to health. The arguements on both sides are open to question and need answering so why you find this article stupid is beyond me.

    • G’day Fawkesy

      Guides me old mate.

      More to the point who’s getting the brown envelope?

      Ooroo

      James

      x

      I am reliable informed there was a brown envelope situation with the Wirral “Funny” Bizz £2,000,000.00 knock off scandal.

  10. Probably not .. but as a woman and a mother I realise that it is largely our representation that has gajoled this reckless and selfish have what you want, give not a damn for the impact attitude and it cannot continue.

    To have the discussion with your children about them considering their life without offspring has to be the most unnatural situation.. but parents are now having those increasingly necessary talks as this world is done its outta here unless we all take drastic action .. brexit , trump , wars ?? Realllly people think they are important what a waste of science education, energy and stairway to heaven thinking .. get a bloody grip .

    If you don’t feel safe get your politicians to work for their money not kill birds by not allowing them to sleep .. if you personally need the cancer treatment due to the 24/7 exposure to light then get your politicians to work for their money or turn the bloody lights off.. it really is that simple

  11. Someone above here said they have not seen any investigations saying RF (radiofrequency) affects animal life. Oh, that’s okay then. I don’t suppose you’ve looked but if you haven’t seen it then it can’t exist can it? There’s loads of research on it, here’s some links for people who like that kind of thing… https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/library/downloads/flora-emfs-2018-08.pdf As for the insects and windscreens, yes sloping screens are definitely why we’ve noticed less insects about (oh hang on I’ve just made that up)…Yes there are reports of up to 70% decline in insect numbers in some studies in Europe (insect mass is not widely studied and you can find it your self it you’re interested). As for the lampposts generally, BT admit they are being hooked up to ethernet cables, as do the local engineers when asked, so basically they’re getting them ready for 5G. The taller, street-side masts are going up everywhere on the Wirral, plus they are covering some concrete lamp posts with aluminium, maybe to make them more reflective (no its to improve their life-span and its just a coincidence that 5G is coming along and all the trees are being felled at increasing pace all over UK and elsewhere, said the trollz). Anyway, this post should keep the skeptics happy for 5 minutes when they write their witty rebuttals. I am so grateful to know that the council will turn down their untested LED lamps when asked (at some point in the future). How reassuring.

    • Your sarcasm doesnt do you justice Mr Lee. You semm to asume that just because I have not researched RF affects on plants and animals, I believe that those effects do not exist. Not true which is why I asked for any guidance on the matter of studies on the effect of RF on life However I do thank you for the link to various studies and although there is a lot of technical speak I do get the drift. As for the insect populations I personally believe chemical spraying is probably just as damaging or even more so than RF. I appears to me that you are extremely concerned (or am I making an assumption) that RF and in particular microwave RF is killing the planet, well I partially agree with you but lets not be hypocritical here. Mobile phones, Wi Fi, bluetooth all use microwave frequencies and god knows what the authorities are using apart from the ones we already know about…..do you have a mobile phone and Wi Fi? bet you do.

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