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Strobe Lights Flashing Ingenuity

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Strobe Through The Universe

Strobe lights are an interesting form of device that have all sorts of uses in the modern world. They can be found equipped on a wide range of emergency and public service vehicles - ambulances, police squad cars, firetrucks, etc. Stroboscopic lamps are good for alerting passerbys to danger and also have found significant popularity in the novelty department.

One of the most interesting features of strobe lights is their ability to create an optical illusion whereby motion appears to freeze or even reverse. Nightclubs around the world seem to necessarily have strobe lights as a decoration piece that adds to the party atmosphere. Ravers are already obsessed with glow sticks and anything neon, the strobe lights create a decor for dancing that is not achieved through other mechanisms. The period of the strobe lights can even be timed to the beat of the dj for extra effect.

Strobe lights are prevalent across many countries as warning signals. This is changing now that strobe lights are being replaced by LED alternatives. However, the demand still remains high for this vehicle accessory. The invention of strobe lights led to fascinating motion discovery where images of high velocity things such as bullets were captured as never before seen. Harold Edgerton was the genius mind behind the evolution of this invention inspired by physical concepts. Photographers have since utilized the machine in clever ways to add depth and uniqueness to their photographic creations. Science owes much to the invention due to the ability to research things never before captured.

There are health hazards to certain subpopulations who are exposed to the strobe lights. Epilepsy can be brought to the forefront and seizures are commonplace in suffering individuals. There is often a similar effect as that seen in strobe lamps in video games and movies. The number of flashes per second is directly linked to the hazard effects seen in epilepsy victims. Warnings should be given whenever possible to protect those who could be adversely affected. From city parties to nightime navigation, the invention of the strobe has permeated society across a broad area.

Strobe Like A Lighting Pro

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