Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
If you are only getting 3-7 minutes safe, then your red LEDs are also emitting tiny bits of blue and/or green light. Most do. You can't see it with the naked eye. Check by reflecting your LEDs off the surface of a common CD. It acts like a prism.
I knew we are not done with that subject.

A CD does not(!) work like a prism, the colours are made by interference. It's physically impossible that a red LED emits shorter wavelengths. A LED can emit longer wavelengths = less energy, this is f.e. done with blue LEDs by targeted contamination of the light emitting substrate so that they can act as a white LED. You can't get green light = more energy from a red LED. LEDs with the basic blue green yellow orange or red colours are practically monochromatic with an emission spectrum that is typically only 25 nm wide.

I verified this with my selfmade orange and red LED safe lights. With reflection from a CD you can see all colours our eye can see from deep blue to dark red. With a real prism there is only orange or red and absolutely nothing else.

If an additional filter makes your red safe light "safer", there's something wrong and you don't have a red LED but maybe a white one with a colour layer to imitate a red LED.

sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Re...ED_spectra.png
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LED_Spektren.jpg
and my darkroom