A dog is a faithful, loyal yet cheeky pet who loves wondering, and chewing. Because of these traits, it can be a little difficult to look after them.
It gets even more complicated when it’s the matter of electric sources like LEDs. You need to be more prepared and cautious if it’s the lighting case!
Don’t you worry here, as LEDs won’t cause any harm to your dogs!
“LED lights are compatible to your dogs, and their environment. Just BEWARE of the trailing wires! Your dog might chew them and BOOM- let’s leave it here- heart failing it is!!!”
As dogs and LEDs together isn’t a problem, but it could be in a few cases!
What those are? Let’s see!
LED STRIP LIGHTS AND YOUR DOG – ARE LED STRIPS SAFE FOR DOGS?
There’s no harm in adding LED strip lights to home, if you’re a dog owner. But, there are a few things you need to take care if you planned to install LED strip lights.
- Consider installing the LED lights where your dog couldn’t easily reach.
- Mostly, LED strip lights are installed in areas like underside and inside of kitchen cabinets. But, you shouldn’t install LED strip lights near to floor levels. In case, your dog finds LED he may cause damage to them or may harm itself.
- The power cable of LED strip lights shouldn’t be installed right against the wall. These are easily assessable areas to your dogs. So, BEWARE!
- LED strip lights should be properly secured.
- Always tuck them away closely to the wall, and pin them up to the cabinet in a way that no loose sections are left.
You should must take all these precautionary measurements, otherwise, in case your dog chews on an LED strip or the power cable, your dog might suffer fatal electrocution, or an electric fire hazard may occur!
Severity of the current case with your dog:
If your dog happened to caught by current, this’ll not only case burns in the mouth but can disturb other body functions a well. What more is, the current might cause further complications like extra fluid in the lungs. This can lower the survival rate of your dog to 40%- it depends on the severity of the condition.
So, do you want to hurt your dog? No, right?! Hence, don’t forget to take necessary actions if any electrical appliance lies in your dog’s route.
ARE DOGS SAFE FOR LED LIGHTS?
The matter is not only that are LED lights safe for your dogs? It can be this too: “Are dogs safe for LED light?”
WHY? How can a dog hurt LED lights?
Your dog can hurt and destroy the LED lights and connections. This is because it’s not all about your dog chewing the LED lights. Because of its roaming habits and wandering around the home playing, can lead to the LED connection distorted.
There are chances of hazards and destruction in the cause if your dog gets wrapped around the LED wires and strips, chocking them up. This all can happen even if you’re not around!
So, all you’ve to take care is of your LED lights, their strings, and the power cord. These items shouldn’t lie in the way of your dog, or a place where they are easily assessable!
To conclude this all, we can say that it’s not always your dog on the verge of chaos, it can be your beautiful LED setup that might get wrecked just because of your beloved dog. So, make sure that the setup is done neatly and none of the electric item is roaming around!
LED STRING LIGHTS AND YOUR DOG’S EYES – ARE THEY HARMFUL?
Most of the LED bulbs do not flicker just like old traditional filament bulbs. But, a few of the cheaper LED bulbs do flicker, in actual, but it’s just too fast that we can’t see it!
However, that flicker can be seen by dogs. This can make them scared, just like a light constantly flickering in front of you making you scared!
If this can make you scary and uncomfortable, the whole process can cause even long-term effects on the eyesight of your dog, and can disturb your dog’s psychology too.
So, How to Overcome the Issue?
To get around the issue make sure to take this precautionary step:
- Always buy LED bulbs and LED strip lights.
The better the quality of LED bulb, lesser the flicker will be, higher the chances of your dog being distressed!
Furthermore, to avoid any mishap, it’s advisable to completely turn off the LED light when you’re off the home.
DOES COLOR OF LED STRIP LIGHTS AFFECTS YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOUR?
Different lighting colors can help you set your mood. To help you around, most of the LED strips made are fully RGB that can help you choose the color shade you want from around sixteen million different shades.
This’ll not only help you relax, but will make your surrounding more enchanting than before.
Is the case same with dogs? Does the changing colors of LED strips changes your dog mood as it changes yours?
To find your answers, keep reading!
Studies have shown that dogs can’t precept the same colors that humans can. According to the researchers, the shades of blue and yellow might appear different for dogs. Similarly, reds and green might appear to them as a blend or may appears to them as more of a grayer shade.
This shows that dogs are sensitive towards certain colors. Therefore, describing the dog’s behavior towards certain LED colors is not possible.
We’ve got a few suggestions for you!
- Dogs are able to differentiate between brighter and lighter colors. So, to make your dog feel boosted, our suggestion is to try bright shade of yellow.
- You can choose the shades among the colors having soothing and calming effect. Just like shades of blue or pastel hue etc.
- Thinking of applying white color? We won’t recommend you as a few whites shades won’t work! Also, bright whites can be sometimes more stimulating.
Choosing a gentle shade and a soft color can make your dog more at ease with the environment.
BLUE LIGHT FROM LED LIGHTS CAN BE HARMFUL FOR DOGS- RESEARCHERS PROVED!
In a survey, to determine how the hues of modern LED lamps are affecting wild life, it was found that blue and white light can cause worst effects on animals, whereas colors like yellow, amber and green were found more benign.
A team study made by South California finds out that blue and white lights are worst during dark times. Whereas, a few shades offers the same worst effects during brightness and day times.
Furthermore, according to their studies, the wavelengths of yellow and green light are designed in a way that they cause 3 times less destruction to wildlife as compared to white and blue shade.
Both the studies conclude that blue and white shades of LEDs can be harmful for dogs!
Now, let’s talk about this assumption in detail!
LED Blue Light and Dogs:
If you find out disturbed sleeping pattern of your dog, its lethargic behavior, and there are LEDs installed within your dog’s boundaries, then it’s troublesome!
Your dog possess circadian rhythms (the cycle determining your sleep and awake patterns) just as humans do. If there are LEDs of CFL bulbs installed nearby, there are chances that change in their behavior might be caused by the installed bulbs.
Standard light bulbs like CFLS emit blue light in the color spectrum in which the radiations from the sun lies. Same is the case with high wattage LED bulbs with high luminosity levels.
That blue lights coming out from LEDs and CFLS is the real devil. This light not only disrupts the natural circadian rhythms, but also effects eyesight of both the dogs and humans.
Circadian rhythms are controlled by light, and when there’s disrupted light, your dog can’t settle to its normal routine. Simply because his body is not letting him to!
So, you’ve seen that a bright LED with color temperature of more than 4000K can be harmful both for you and your pet dog.
How to check out that Your Dog’s Disturbed Patterns are because of LEDs?
In humans LEDs cause insomnia and in dogs it leads to disturbed sleep-awake patterns. Both these situations are same as both causes restlessness, wakefulness and lack of attention.
So, if both you and your dog are having the same condition, described above, then it’s a sure sign of LED light hazards!
Now, what to do in the Case?
A few precautionary measurements, and a few below listed dog tips can work best for you in the situation.
What are those? Let’s check them out!
- Consider changing your low quality LED lights or strips with high quality lighting system.
- Purchase LED lightings with warm and soothing color shades like yellow, orange, green etc. instead of bright whites, blues and cool colors.
Down below are a few tips that can normalize your fluffy friend from the tensed LED zone!
1. Creating a bedtime ritual will work!
A proper bed-time routine will work to overcome the effects of LEDs.
- Set a proper bedtime, and stick to it.
- Create a sleep-time atmosphere by dimming the lights.
Special treat your puppy only during bed time like talking and patting etc.
2. A little extra exercise than usual may proves effective!
Your dog is an energetic pet animal, so doing a little extra exercise than usual may proves effective during LED stressed days.
- A 30 minutes’ walk won’t be effective. Consider doing a few extra exercise to help burn your dog his extra energy.
3. A little training would help if this troublesome period!
Making your doggie a little obedient will prove fruitful for you and him.
- Train your dog to lay down calmly but commanding with words like “lay down” or “go to bed”. This will make him still and quiet during bed time, and calmness will follow out soon!
4. Removal of unnecessary distractions may proves fruitful!
Before sleep time, remove all the unnecessary distractions that you think might disturb your dog’s sleep.
- During bed time, remove all the toys and bones from surrounding and calmly let your dog know it’s time for bed.
NOTE: Never be too harsh!!!
If your beloved and loyal pet friend won’t listen to you in any of the cases listed above, do not use your harsh tone to let him complete the tasks!
Never forget, your four-legged friend is just a tiny little cute creature trying its best to understand this world.
So, never ever be harsh and strict (if not necessary) with your pet dogs, instead love and play with them. And, within those games train them in the way you want!
Still, after implying all these techniques, and none of them helped your puppy to go to bed at right time, we recommend you to change the LED light bulbs and lightings as soon as possible.
ARE LED LIGHTING BENEFITS CAUSING POTENIAL HARMS TO YOUR DOGS?
LEDs is the latest emerging technology in today’s lighting world. Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED bulbs uses light-emitting diode, a semiconductor, to produce light instead of filaments.
Because of this change in energy production, LEDs come up with incredible lighting benefits.
Are those lighting benefits, benefiting your dog? Or are they causing potential harms to them?
Let’s check this out in detail!
The potential benefits LED lights offer, and their impact on your dogs are:
1. Cool Temperatures:
LED lights uses a heat sink at the base of the bulb that is why they do not get hot to an extent traditional bulbs do. This use of technology has lowers the potential risks of overheating like electrical fires, or fire hazards.
This benefit of LEDs is also saving the life of your dog. As no overheating there will be, no potential risk of fires there will be!
2. Color Temperatures and Brightness:
LED lights come in variety of different colors. You can choose any shade of your choice from about 60,000 different shades round the world. What more is LED lights are adjustable, and dimmable. This feature enables you to adjust the luminosity of your LED lighting bulb at a level you want.
But, be aware here! Always choose warm color tones both for you and your fluffy friend. Also, the color temperature of bulb won’t rise more than 4000K. Furthermore, never ever overexpose your friend and yourself to bright LED light for long periods ranging from weeks to months.
This all in LED lights enables you to customize the lighting of your home in a way you want.
So, this potential benefit of LEDs can be harmful, or fruitful, all depends on the way you use the LED lights.
3. Economic features and Carbon Footprints:
LED lights are known for their longevity, and the low economic footprint they offer. Because of the use of light-emitting diode the life span of LEDs last for long to an estimated level of 50,000 hours.
Because of their longer life-span, you don’t have to buy them now and then. So, once an expensive purchase of LEDs is worth doing.
What more is, LEDs use far less amount of energy to produce light. This characteristic of LEDs drop down their carbon footprint that results in the reduction of millions of CO2 emissions per year.
This lowering of carbon footprint has made the life of your fluffy friend safer than before!
So, Are LEDs harming Your Pet Dogs?
Now, to conclude this all, we’d say that LED lights are a no harm to your dog pet. Just a few precautionary measurement can save you from any unexpected hazard.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Do LED lights affect dogs?
Good quality LED lights won’t affect your dog. But, if it’s a low quality bulb, the flicker from the LED might effects your dog’s eyesight.
Q. Are LED lights safe for pets?
LED lights are safe pets, unless or until the shades are not among blues or whites. Studies have shown both these shades can cause worst effects on your pets. Instead, shades of green and yellow are recommended.
Q. What color LED light is best for dogs?
Soft, and warm toned LED lights are recommended for dogs. Shades of blues and whites are strictly forbidden. Colored LEDs in soft shades of yellow, green and pastel hues will work best for your dogs.
Q. Are colored lights bad for dogs?
No, colored lights are not bad for dogs unless it’s the right color you selected. Cool bright colors like blues and whites are not recommended. Instead, softer and warmer shades of yellow and green would work best for your dogs.
This guide was all about impact of LED lights on your dog’s life. We have seen that LEDs are causing no potential harm to your dog, instead they are just like other bulbs you’ve used, but with more benefits.
There are just a few things you should have to consider to make your pet safer. These are just like the precautionary measurements you take with other lighting appliances and sources.
So, don’t you worry and securely install the LED lightings and strips in areas not accessible to your fluffy friend!
We’ll see you next with another guide, till then, enjoy the LED lightings!