Energy fields and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) in our everyday lives consist of electromagnetic radiation, intermediate frequencies, and radio frequencies. These energy fields can be generated by light fixtures electrical panels and cables, and common household objects such as televisions, refrigerators, laptops, mobile phones, etc. All lighting circuits connected to a building’s electricity create electric fields all the time, even when lights are switched off. In a LED fixture, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) are a result of the LED power supply switching at some rate to turn the supplied AC voltage into a DC voltage, and such inductance produces an electric field around it. Military Standards testing measurements such as MIL STD 416F cover both radiated and conducted electromagnetic emissions in addition to maximum allowable amounts of emitted energy based on both frequency range and field strength, which is critical for healthcare light fixtures.
Problem: In many cases the lamp fixture is plastic or a composite, which does not adequately block transmission of the energy field. As a result, the field can interfere with electrical products around them, even pacemakers or neurological stimulators . Our bodies are bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies that we are not adapted to, easily disturbing our electrochemical processes. The skin is a good absorber of energy; therefore, constant exposure to EMF can also lead to biochemical changes to one’s skin , and contribute to headaches and uncontrolled anxiety.
AWA has developed proprietary specifications that:
- Shield against EMF generated by cables or lamps through sheathing cables
- Specification of adequately designed and engineered light fixtures and associated componentry can drastically reduce the creation of disruptive energy fields.
- Propose AWA specified scanner in all hospital room types to gather information on the different types of energy frequencies that are emitted from equipment in those rooms
- Propose AWA specified fixtures that meet MIL STD 416F standards, posing the lowest possible likelihood of causing EMI related issues
- Introduce AWA specified chandeliers made of organic materials and crystals such as orgonite, to reduce disruptive energy fields