Researchers who have been trying to find a way to fight off the parasitic infection malaria have come up with a surprising solution: LED lighting.

Huffington Post reports that the disease, which is spread by female mosquitos, killed 584,000 people in 2014, mostly in the poor areas of Africa.

When scientists from the University of Southern California (USC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Philips Research, based in the Netherlands, researched the travelling patterns of female mosquitos, they found that they were far less attracted to LED lighting than they were to other types of lights, including fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.

“For places in the world where glass windows and screens are uncommon, reducing insect attraction to indoor lights is a big deal,” Travis Longcore, lead author of the study and a professor at USC, told Fast Company.

They have been researching the technology for some time and have found that customized LED lighting can help people from all over the world ward off mosquitos, not just those in developing nations. Plus, they are better for the environment, which is a sticking point for most people in their crusades against mosquitos.

Of course, more mosquitos were attracted to LED lights than they were to complete darkness, but that is to be expected. Since the study and the introduction of LED lighting to the fight, the global amount of deaths from malaria have dropped nearly 47%, according to the World Health Organization. With more and more people switching to LEDS, that number will only get smaller, we can hope.

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