LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
— A new report has found that the night light industry in the U.S. could be responsible for at least $10 billion in lost revenue over the next 20 years.
The study was released Tuesday by the non-profit Consumer Action Network and the National Association of Night Light Installers.
It analyzed data from the National Ambient Lighting Association and found that night light installations in the United States could be contributing to more than $10,000 in lost sales and employment annually.
The National Association estimates that approximately 50 million Americans have night lights in their homes.
The industry is estimated to employ some 8 million people.
A study by the nonprofit Consumer Action Research Group, a division of the Consumer Federation of America, found that installation costs were about $50 per year, with annual operating expenses at $30.
The cost of equipment is a significant part of the cost of the equipment, said Dr. Peter Tambourin, co-author of the report and professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
While night lights are generally considered a safe alternative to the traditional incandescent bulb, there is no one “safe” option.
A new study by a University of Michigan School of Public Health professor and a group of medical and medical-related researchers found that one-third of the American population is exposed to light pollution from the evening light industry.
The researchers conducted the research by comparing the health of a group including 6,000 U.K. residents who have night lighting installed.
Those residents were followed for eight years and were asked how often they had been exposed to the night lights and the types of night lights they had installed.
The results showed that night lights have a strong impact on health, especially in terms of sleep and cognitive functions, the researchers said.
It also found that light exposure is a risk factor for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In fact, there are a number of health effects associated with night lights installed in homes.
One of the most prevalent is night blindness.
A study by Dr. Paul G. Fuchs of the University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City found that exposure to night lights was associated with a 9% increased risk of developing cataracts in a patient who had cataract surgery.
Another study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association showed that exposure of children to night light from televisions and other bright lights increased the risk of being bullied at school.
The Night Light Association said it was aware of the study and the implications for the industry, but did not immediately respond to a request for comment.