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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.


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


    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:


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



    …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. 😯



    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?


    Yes, I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2011.

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