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Mitigating and Eliminating Dirty Electricity – A Mom’s Guide (part 5)

Dirty Electricity

“Electrical pollution” produced by dimmers, fluorescent lighting (CFLs), home power convertors, GFCI outlets, computers and others. It is a sort of electrical “noise” that is always present.  It is measured with a special meter that shows you home’s pattern.

A meter is required to measure dirty electricity.  A qualified EMF consultant should have a professional grade meter.  My levels were around 150V and the goal is under 40V.

What we did and some interesting observations

We had several dimmer switches that we replaced with old fashioned “ON/OFF” switches.

We also replaced several compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) around the house to LED.  However, according to this experiment, not all LEDs are created equal.  Cree brand LEDs added the least dirty electricity to an already existing level.

We have several wiring errors that we are fixing and then we will be installing dirty electricity filters.  Dimmer switches and wiring errors must be fixed prior because those may actually increase dirty electricity with filters plugged in.  We will be going through Ray of EMR Safety but it seems Stetzer Electric and Greenwave are two of the top manufacturers.  There is a bit of science to how many filters are needed and where to place.  In addition to major rooms, filters are placed next to the electrical panel(s) as well.


Mitigating Dirty Electricity on a budget

Replace all dimmer switches to ‘On/OFF’ switches. Replace compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to LEDs.  It is impossible to measure dirty electricity without a meter.



Related Reading:

Mitigating and Eliminating EMFs – A Mom’s Guide  (part 1)

Mitigating and Eliminating Radiofrequency (WiFi) EMFs – A Mom’s Guide (part 2)

Mitigating and Eliminating Electric EMFs – A Mom’s Guide (part 3)

Mitigating and Eliminating Magnetic EMFs – A Mom’s Guide (part 4)


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  • Reply Costel May 13, 2016 at 7:35 am


    Thank you for your posts, very informative. I tried that antenna search link, nothing near our home. I tried and found “enough.” Also, Testing CFL, LED, and Conventional Light Bulbs for RF Emissions…. Confusing, CFL not bad, but LED bad….

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      Reply Anele May 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm


      Thank you for your comment! I will include the site, this is new information to me!

      Regarding the light bulbs. There are many variables. Not all LEDs are made the same, EMF levels depend on your electrical circuit, brand of LED, the individual bulb and even the type of meter used. My advice is to purchase 1 LED bulb, install, measure EMF levels and make an informed decision. I would personally stay away from CFLs for several reasons. This study found “significant levels of UVC and UVA, which appeared to originate from cracks in the phosphor coatings, present in all CFL bulbs studied” … “Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said Professor Rafailovich. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles (sunblock) were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.” Rafailovich added that incandescent light of the same intensity had no effect on healthy skin cells, with or without the presence of TiO2.” Although if the bulb is covered with a lamp (a layer of glass of any kind) the concerns are less, however the electromagnetic fields and dirty electricity would still worry me.
      In addition CFLs are one of the main contributors to dirty electricity (I would be curious to know the brand from the video you shared as even with CFLs, not all are made the same). For more reading on CFLs, visit here. And lastly, here is the EPA’s four page instructional sheet on how to properly clean up a broken CFL light bulb.

      There is so much information out there and navigating it is so difficult, especially for a non-electrician. Mitigating EMFs is one of the most complex subjects I had to learn about. Good luck in your journey!

      • Reply Costel May 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm

        Hello Ms. Anele,

        Thank you for the additional information regarding CFLs, I will look into that. What I am doing for our family, I am trying to minimize EMF on a budget, that’s why I look for “stuff” on the web and found your page. Finding your webpage, to me, is similar to finding calibration charts for LCD TVs, so to speak, where people who can afford equipment/testing have calibrated their LCDs and then they post their “best” settings and LCD models… So, basically, I am trying to not reinvent the wheel, but, repeat what others have done which was verified to improve existing conditions, and, for ourselves, do the same things, and conditions should improve as well… Thank you for the distance variable table, it is very informative. A comment, is there an error in the table, if it is showing the Wall Oven ON as 17.44 mG and Wall Oven OFF as 22.91 mG. Looking at the hair dryer numbers, maybe it should be 174.4, to have the rest of the readings consistent… Also, do you or your friends have information about potential of “dirty electricity” or RF radiation from solar systems with microinverters, specifically our home has Enphase M250 micros. In other words, maybe you have or some of your friends have solar systems, and using equipment have verified and determined that… I went to Enphase’s webpage, and they state the M250 is not Smart Grid Ready, which should be a good thing. There was no mentioning of RF radiation, however, they boast about how the new S280 micro is Smart Grid Ready… I would imagine no EMF from solar at night, but maybe – hopefully not – RF from them, like a wireless router?? I just don’t know… If you have any such information, please consider sharing it, our family would greatly appreciate it.

        Have a blessed weekend.

  • Reply Jena February 14, 2020 at 7:28 am

    What type of wiring errors did your emf guy find and how did you fix them? Thanks!

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