A remote EMF switch is one of the most effective EMF solutions when it comes to sleep quality. This is because the switch eliminates the AC electric fields and EMI in your bedroom at night. Many of my clients report that reducing electric field exposure improves their sleep. A remote switch can be a key element in creating an EMF sleep sanctuary.
How Does a Remote EMF Switch Work?
Put simply, a remote control at your bed will communicate with the EMF switch installed by your electrician next to the circuit panel. The switch physically disconnects the electrical wires of the circuits that affect your bedroom. This will eliminate or greatly reduce your AC electric field and EMI (dirty power) exposure at night. In the morning you simply hit the remote again and electricity is restored.
Can an EMF Switch Cover Multiple Bedrooms?
Yes. The EMF switch allows for multiple zones. This means that you can turn off the bedroom circuits for your children at 8:00 pm and then wait until you go to bed later in the evening to turn off the electricity to your bedroom. Each zone can have its own remote control as well.
Determine Which Circuits Affect Your Bedroom
The first step is to determine which electrical circuits need to be disconnected at night. You will either work with a local EMF consultant or use your own electric field meter to determine which circuits affect your bedroom areas. It is a process of elimination with one person at the circuit panel turning off breakers one-by-one and another at your bed with the electric field meter to track what circuits are lowering the readings.
Typically there will be 2-4 circuits that affect a bedroom. However, depending on how your home is wired, there could be many circuits that need to be turned off at night. Circuits for rooms above, below and to the sides of your bedroom can affect the electric fields where you sleep.
Some EMF consultants use a body voltage meter. While I don’t use this method, you want to see readings below 100 mV with the body voltage test. I prefer a grounded digital electric field meter. You will want to see readings on your bed of approximately 1 V/m. You can see an example in the following image. At right is my electric field meter showing an ideal reading of 0.9 V/m.
Can You Simply Turn Breakers Off At Night?
Once you determine the circuits affecting your bedroom, I recommend that you physically turn the breakers on and off each day for a couple weeks. This will allow you to see for yourself if reducing AC electric fields improves your sleep quality.
However, you don’t want to manually do this for months and years as the breakers will wear out from constant use. Perhaps after 100-200 On/Off switches, a breaker may fail when it is actually needed. This could result in a fire, which is why most people install a remote EMF switch. It allows you to disconnect the electricity at night without affecting your circuit breakers. The physical mechanism is not in the electrical panel, but in the EMF switch installed next to it.
Another reason I recommend the EMF switch over manually turning of the breakers is convenience. Pushing a remote control button from the comfort of your bed is much easier than walking downstairs or outside to the circuit panel every evening and morning.
My Recommended Remote EMF Switch
There are two main products in North America. Safe Living Technologies in Toronto has sold their remote cut off switch kit for many years and it is an excellent product. EMF Safe Switch in Oregon has been selling their EMF Safe Switch for five years. The owner, Dan Evison, is a certified electrician and their company focuses primarily on this product. Most of my clients go with the EMF Safe Switch. This is because of the ease of installation and the EMF Safe Switch can disconnect both the neutral and hot wires. With both companies, you can use my distributor code of EMFA for a 10% discount.
NP EMF Safe Switch
One of the reasons I prefer the more expensive EMF Safe Switch is that it allows for both the hot and neutral wires to be disconnected for each circuit. When you turn off a breaker only the hot wire is disconnected. While this reduces the electric field component, the neutral wire is still connected to every other wire in your home and your neighborhood. This means any EMI (electromagnetic interference) on the neutral wire is still radiating into your bedroom.
If you select the NP (Neutral-Power) version of the EMF Safe Switch the neutral wire is also disconnected. The NP switch eliminates both the electric field and most of the EMI in your sleeping areas. This is the closest you can get to being completely disconnected from the local power grid. Some of my clients say that it feels like they are camping.
Here is an example of EMI on the neutral wire:
UL Approved Equipment
Another important aspect of the EMF Safe Switch is that the entire product is UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved in North America. This means that it won’t affect your homeowners insurance if there is ever a fire. With homemade EMF switches, your insurance company could deny your claim if there is an electrical fire and it is discovered that non-UL approved equipment has been installed.
Having Your Electrician Install the EMF Safe Switch
Once you have determined the number of circuits to shut off at night and you have purchased your EMF Safe Switch, you are then ready to install. If you are knowledgeable about electricity, the switch comes with excellent instructions for an easy installation process. However, I highly recommend that you hire an electrician.
It should only take 1-2 hours for an electrician to install if you have the circuits and zones properly identified. One of the benefits of the EMF Safe Switch is that is comes in a ready-made box that is easy for your electrician to work with.
Create Your EMF Sleep Sanctuary
A true EMF sleep sanctuary has low levels of all four types of fields:
- Radio Frequency
- AC Magnetic
- AC Electric
- EMI / Dirty Power
A bed canopy or shielding paint greatly reduces your RF exposures. Fixing wiring errors will then eliminate magnetic fields. A remote EMF switch can then be installed to eliminate the electric fields and EMI in your bedroom. This is an ideal EMF sleep sanctuary and can be accomplished in most homes with some coaching or the help of an experienced EMF consultant. Here are the ideal measurements that you want to see in your sleep sanctuary:
I hope this article has helped you understand more about remote EMF switches and creating EMF sleep sanctuaries for your family. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to be connected to a local EMF consultant I trust.
Updated July 2023
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