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EMF Glossary Definition

Dirty Electricity Filter

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“Dirty electricity” is a term often used to describe unusual electrical phenomena on power lines, like transient voltage spikes or surges, and high-frequency noise. These can occur for various reasons, including the use of certain electronic devices, dimmer switches, and energy-efficient lighting. A dirty electricity filter is a device designed to reduce or eliminate these phenomena from an electrical circuit.

How Dirty Electricity Filters Work:

  1. Filtering High-Frequency Noise: Dirty electricity filters typically work by reducing high-frequency electrical noise on wiring. They do this by absorbing or redirecting the unwanted high-frequency energy, preventing it from circulating through the electrical system.
  2. Stabilizing Voltage: Some filters also work to stabilize voltage, reducing spikes and surges in the electrical line.

Usage of Dirty Electricity Filters:

  1. In Homes and Offices: These filters are commonly used in residential and commercial buildings. They are plugged into electrical outlets or installed directly into electrical panels.
  2. With Sensitive Electronics: Dirty electricity can potentially cause interference or damage to sensitive electronic equipment. Filters are used to protect these devices.
  3. Energy Efficiency: By reducing electrical noise and stabilizing voltage, these filters can contribute to more efficient operation of electrical appliances and systems.

Reasons for Using Dirty Electricity Filters:

  1. Reducing Electromagnetic Interference (EMI): High-frequency electrical noise can cause electromagnetic interference, affecting the performance of electronic equipment such as computers, audio/video systems, and other sensitive devices.
  2. Protecting Sensitive Electronics: Transient voltages and surges can damage electronic equipment. Filters are used to protect these devices from potential damage.
  3. Health Concerns: Some people believe that exposure to dirty electricity and the associated electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can have adverse health effects, although scientific evidence on this matter is not conclusive. Those concerned about potential health impacts may use these filters to reduce their exposure to EMFs.
  4. Improving Power Quality: Dirty electricity can degrade the overall quality of power in an electrical system. Filters are used to improve this quality, ensuring a more stable and efficient power supply.

In summary, dirty electricity filters are devices designed to reduce high-frequency electrical noise and stabilize voltage in electrical systems. They are used in various settings to protect sensitive electronics and to improve power quality.

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R Blank is the CEO of Shield Your Body, which he founded in 2012. With hundreds of thousands of customers in over 30 countries, and having been interviewed on platforms including Dr. Phil, ABC news television and ElectricSense, R is an internationally followed expert on issues of EMF, health and safety. He also hosts “The Healthier Tech Podcast”, available Apple, Spotify and all major podcasting platforms. In the past, he served on the faculty at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, R ran a software engineering firm in Los Angeles, producing enterprise-level solutions for blue chip clients including Medtronic, Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA and Mattel. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including in the US, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and he is the co-author, along with his father Dr. Martin Blank, of ‘Overpowered‘ from Seven Stories Press about the science of health effects of EMF radiation. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Columbia University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in the UK; the University of Salamanca in Spain; and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Read more about R and SYB or connect with R on LinkedIn.

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