What’s the issue with Strobe Lighting?
Strobe lighting can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Of all persons who have been diagnosed as epileptic, between three and five percent are known to be of the photosensitive type (approximately two people per 10,000 of the general population). Often persons with PSE have no history of seizures outside of those triggered by visual stimuli. Females are more commonly affected than males and children are about twice as sensitive as adults.
Although the flash rate of strobe lights is restricted to four flashes a second by the Health and Safety Executive, some people with photosensitive epilepsy may still find strobe lights could trigger a seizure.
If you are a sufferer of Photosensitive Epilepsy and strobe lighting, or other flashing or flickering lights come on without warning, you should immediately cover one eye with the palm of your hand and turn away from the light.
Festivals without Strobe Lighting
- Small World Festival have confirmed that they never use strobes – www.smallworldsolarstage.org