…On the eighth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…eight light bulbs…seven milkweed plants…a six pack of beer…five pairs of slippers…four chocolate bars…three holly trees…two vent fans…and a new doorbell!
First of all, let me wish everyone a healthy and happy 2017!
My green friend didn’t just give me 8 light bulbs…they are 8 “clean”/low EMF LED light bulbs! EMFs or electro magnetic fields are becoming more of a health concern than in previous decades. Most of us have switched our bulbs from incandescent to either compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED bulbs. There are many reasons to replace your CFLs if you still have them in your house not just the exposure to mercury when they break. Mercury vapors in the air usually disperse in about an hour while vapors that settle into carpets and fabrics could take 4 days to disperse.
Discussions revolving around “dirty electricity”, LED bulbs and EMFs are increasing as more research is conducted. CreateHealthyHomes.com defines “Dirty electricity as harmonics of a fundamental frequency, which is 60 Hz in the case of LED bulbs. 60 Hz is the frequency of alternating current (AC) electricity supplied by the power company and carried on the circuits in your house. These harmonics (120 Hz, 180 Hz, 240 Hz, etc.) ride on top of the 60 Hz base frequency. More importantly from a health standpoint, they emit several feet into our rooms, radiating off circuits and AC power cords causing ill health for some people.”
There is a lot of technical garble relating to the “stepping down” from 120V with a microchip transformer that increases “dirty” electricity. Suffice it to say there are some brands of LED light bulbs which emit less EMFs than others. When I replaced all my light bulbs with LEDs I was not aware of the differing EMFs in brands. I was aware of EMFs and worked to lower EMFs in my house as much as possible. I turn my wi-fi router and TV off at night, eliminated a microwave and wear an “airtube” cell phone headset. I almost replaced my broken electric cooktop with an induction cooktop until I researched the levels of EMFs they produce and decided to stick with an electric cooktop. When shopping for LED bulbs I basically looked for the best deal, not even thinking about EMFs.
Recently I have read more articles about EMFs being emitted from LED bulbs and people who are RF (radio frequency) sensitive. EMFs can cause symptoms of illness in infants, children and adults, particularly those who already experience low immunity. Symptoms can include fatigue, headaches, migraines, sleep disturbance, skin symptoms like facial prickling, burning, rashes and various other symptoms. The WHO (World Health Organization) has stated the evidence so far is inconclusive but if you or a loved one suffers from some mysterious symptom that you are unable to determine the cause, you might want to explore the EMF levels in your home or workplace. As far as I am concerned I would rather err on the safe side and do what I can to minimize EMFs in my home than wait until I experience something unhealthy and am unable to determine the cause.
Back to the 8 “clean”/low EMF light bulbs my green friend gave me today…they are the Cree brand. I will be changing out my “bargain” LED bulbs with my new Cree LED bulbs this afternoon. Other brands with lower EMF ratings are EcoSmart, some Phillips and GE. All of these brands are readily available.
If this is the first post you have read of my green rendition of the Twelve Days of a Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about or why I’m writing about the Twelve Days after Christmas, click here to read how this all began. I hope you join me tomorrow for the Ninth Day of a Green Christmas!