Samsung 2020 QLED TVs Earn `Eye Safety’ Affirmations
Despite their high brightness and full-array LED blue backlight technology, Samsung QLED 8K and 4K TVs received verification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the United States that they present “no photobiological LED hazard” and similarly earned an “eye safety” certification from German-based Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (VDE).
Good to know that while your hours of TV watching rise as you try not to catch a Coronavirus that your risk of going blind apparently won’t rise much in the process. That’s as long as those hours of TV watching are within reason, of course.
Samsung said these eye safety acknowledgments make it “the first in the TV industry to receive verifications proving that various types of lights emitted by its QLED TVs pose a no photobiological LED hazard, based on classifications under the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)’s standards for photobiological safety and eye.”
“While Samsung QLED TVs emit high luminance and brightness, our TVs are designed to protect the eyesight without losing the truly immersive viewing experience,” said Yong Hoon Choi, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to be recognized by UL and VDE for these efforts and will continue to make the safety of our customers a top priority as we develop our products.”
According to UL LED Radiation Safety Guidelines: “These standards consider the photobiological (interaction of light on living beings) effects of radiation on the skin and eye. These standards contain requirements for classifying the LED radiation, labeling, user manual statements, etc.”
High levels of blue light emitted by flat-panel displays has been considered a potential safety issue due to a possible tendency to exacerbate eye fatigue and sleep disturbance.
Samsung’s statement said both safety certification institutions tested its 65Q900T 8K model and 65Q90T 4K models, which emit the brightest light among Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup, for their blue light, ultraviolet rays and infrared rays in earning the classifications.
Samsung’s pronouncement follows a similar statement from LG Electronics last Febrary that its Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) panel technology received UL “Low Blue Light Display (OLED)” Verified Mark for user safety. The UL Mark for “Low Blue Light Display (OLED)” indicates that blue light emission levels meet the “risk exempt” standard (100W/sr/m2) set by the IEC, according to LG.
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By Greg Tarr
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