Optical radiation hazards analysis of ultraviolet headlamps

David H. Sliney, Peder Fast, Anders Ricksand

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The potential hazards to the eye and skin associated with the use of UV-emitting automotive headlamps are considered. Wide-scale use of high-beam, near-UV headlamps to permit viewing of fluorescence in clothes and fluorescent road markers at great distances can increase automotive safety; however, the potential hazards from exposure of persons to UV radiation must be evaluated. From the study we conclude that such headlamps can be safely designed to preclude human exposure to potentially hazardous levels of UV radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4912-4922
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Eye
  • Hazards
  • Headlamps
  • Ultraviolet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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