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Light Emitting Diode Position Update from NCEA

Posted: October 22, 2013

Statement prepared for state regulatory boards

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are devices that licensed estheticians should be allowed to use for beautifying & stimulating the skin. When used in accordance with manufacturer instructions they are safe, and do not damage the skin. The range of most LED devices for the intended use of beautifying & stimulating the skin are 410 nanometers (nm)–945 nm.

LED devices are not lasers. The light particles emitted from an LED device are scattered or diffused, which means the light is dispersed in many different directions. Laser beams are focused or concentrated. A good analogy would be that of a garden hose. The hose on “wide spray setting” is like that of a LED, and the hose’s “stream setting” would be the beam of a laser.

Use of LEDs, does not require the same safety precautions. Light emitting diodes are different from laser diodes and are not subject to the Federal laser product performance standard.1

LED safety history

The original update can be found here.

References

1. www.fda.gov/radiation-emittingproducts/radiationemittingproductsandprocedures/homebusinessandentertainment/laserproductsandinstruments/default.htm

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