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Thread: Dimmer EMF

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    Dimmer EMF

    Here's a new one for me in 25 years. Client is thinking about canceling a dimmer install. About 18 Diva's. She heard a podcast from some health guy and is now worried that the dimmers are going to kill her or a very least do some brain damage from the EMF. All electronics emit EMF. We are surrounded by it but are dimmers really the bad guy here?
    Thoughts. I bet there will be plenty.

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    I have seen a lot of stuff online but nothing from reputable sources or any quantifiable statistics. My guess is that, unless you have a dimmer strapped to your forehead for an extended period of time, you will be OK. In today's society if there were any evidence at all, even if it was anecdotal, some ambulance chaser would have filed a class action suit against dimmer manufacturers.

    Honestly, I'm more concerned about the 500,000+ watt weather radars that are pinging me ever few seconds.
    LED, Incorporated
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    Your client was listening to somebody who was either misinformed or trying to sell some snake-oil. What these people don't say is that EMFs are by definition non-ionizing radiation. This includes microwaves, WiFi, cell phones, the 5G death beams, dimmers, etc. Non-ionizing radiation cannot knock an electron off an atom. This means it cannot change DNA, cause cancer, brain damage, so on and so forth. The only thing these EMFs can do is heat things up, like your microwave oven. Back in the days of analog cell phones, you could cook a sausage with the tower antenna. Those were operating at tens of thousands of watts, with that energy dispersed across an entire city. Nowadays wireless radios emit fractions of a watt.

    Years ago the military developed a device that sent out thousands of watts of RF radiation to disperse crowds. If I remember correctly it was like 9000 watts and it felt like you had opened the oven door in front of you. So your dimmer or WiFi router at .5 watt is going to do nothing.

    I had a client that was obsessed with these EMFs. A "coincidence" you will notice is all the people that are warning us of "the dangers" all have some magic EMF shield to sell you. It's basically a box with an LED that lights up when it's plugged in.

    Send your client some information about ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and hope that facts win out over nonsense.

    Good luck.
    Evan Kirkhart- Home Electronics Solutions
    evan@homeelectronics.solutions

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    Thanks all
    I walked in gave her the 2 minute talk and then she said go ahead.
    Talk was something like "turn of the cell phone strapped to you head. Turn off all computers, electronics in your house and you neighbors house and tell you husband to sell the Tesla. Then move everyone to a remote cabin in the woods and you might be ok in a few years."
    Something like that.

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