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    dk06
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    Ok, so totally random question.

    I’m assuming that a few minutes of black light exposure (the kind at parties/events that make your clothes glow in the dark) is not something I should be concerned about?

    I’m running in a 5k next weekend that is glow in the dark and there will be a few black light zones that you run through on the course. It didn’t even occur to me today that black lights are a form of UVA radiation although it seems like pretty low exposure (unless I’m guessing you sit directly under one for an extended time on a regular basis or something like that?).

    Ok…random question over. I haven’t been visiting this board as much anymore. I will hit 3 years from my in situ in August. All is going well.

    #60328
    Tammajenna
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    I’d also like to know the answer to this question, I worked in a bar as a stripper for 17 years!

    #60329
    HoolieB
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    I honestly never even considered black lights as having UV radiation. I’m a dumb arse, I know. :( Anyhoo, I found this fairly techie article that might shed some light (ba-dum-tssh) on the subject. Two things stood out:

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    …UVA light is often called black light. Most phototherapy and tanning booths use UVA lamps.

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    …Protection from UV is provided by clothing, polycarbonate, glass, acrylics, and plastic diffusers used in office lighting. Sun-blocking lotions offer limited protection against UV exposure.

    Yikes. 😯

    http://hps.org/hpspublications/articles/uv.html

    #60330
    Worrywart
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    Very interesting. I would’ve never thought of that. I wouldn’t worry a bit about running under the lamps for such a short time (for the race) but good point about nightclubs, etc. If you are working as a stripper and under this type of light for hours at a time then I might be concerned. Tammajenna – Have you had melanoma?

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    Tammajenna
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    Yes, I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2011.

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