EMF Radiation in Red Light Therapy Devices: What You Need to Know

We sometimes receive questions about the effects of the electromagnetic field (EMF) in our red light therapy lamps. Electronic devices, such as red light therapy devices, emit an electromagnetic field as a byproduct of the energy they use and generate. You may wonder if it is healthy or safe to stand close to a red light therapy device, or if there is a danger from the EMFs the device produces.

This article is intended to inform you about EMFs, their safety and the extensive measures we at Helios Red Therapy have taken to protect you from unwanted exposure to EMFs.

What exactly is EMF?

EMF radiation in red light therapy and infrared lamps

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) surround us all the time but are invisible to the human eye. EMFs can be both natural and man-made. For example; the earth has its own magnetic fields and frequencies, such as the magnetic field that points compasses north. Artificial or unnatural EMFs are those created by humans - think microwave ovens and cell phones.

EMFs emit energy that is emitted in a sine wave pattern that fluctuates back and forth in peaks and valleys. Electrical devices emit low frequency electromagnetic fields, meaning the wavelengths are long, while X-ray machines generate higher frequencies and faster wavelengths.

Electromagnetic fields consist of both electric fields and magnetic fields. An electric field exists wherever a positive or negative electric charge is present, whether the device is turned on or not. Electric fields are measured in volts.

Magnetic fields are created when a current flows (when the device is turned on). The higher the current, the stronger the magnetic field. The density of magnetic fields is measured in microtesla or millitesla.

In electrical devices such as a red light therapy device, we consider both electric and magnetic fields together, resulting in an electromagnetic wave that takes place on a radio wave (RF). You can see in the diagram above that radio wave refers to a specific range of electromagnetic waves per second.

Our LED therapy lights have a huge light output - the most powerful on the market today - which is great news if you want to harness the power of red and near-infrared light to promote healing and wellness. A logical follow-up question with legitimate concern is about the electromagnetic field associated with this output.

Why are there concerns about EMF?

Electromagnetic fields can be characterized by low-frequency wavelengths or high-frequency wavelengths (again, look at the image above).

Low-frequency and high-frequency electromagnetic fields affect your body in different ways. Higher frequency wavelengths carry so much energy that they sometimes break bonds between molecules, damaging cells or DNA. High-frequency EMFs are called ionizing radiation.

Lower frequency wavelengths cannot break chemical bonds between molecules and are therefore called non-ionizing radiation. Red light therapy lamps are an example of a low frequency electromagnetic field that emits non-ionizing radiation.

According to the World Health Organization , low frequency electromagnetic fields pose less of a threat to your body than higher frequency electromagnetic fields. There is little convincing evidence that they can cause harm or adverse side effects in humans, such as damage to DNA or cells.

However, the long-term effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields have not yet been well investigated. For example, there is no evidence that there is a causal relationship between the radio frequency electromagnetic field of a cell phone and adverse health effects. However, research is still being conducted by the RIVM into whether exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields can cause fatigue, dizziness, loss of concentration or sleep disorders.

Of course, with a lack of convincing evidence, it is wise to take precautions to limit exposure to EMFs, even if the EMFs emitted by red light therapy lamps are on the lower end of the spectrum.

All Electrical Devices Create EMF - All of them.

The most important concept to remember is that every electrical device creates some form of EMF as a byproduct of using electricity. All. Every one of them. It is literally impossible for a device to flow electrons and not create an EMF. What is the main difference in all of this is how you limit the EMF measurement and protect it from the radiation. While you can't stop EMF creation, you can prevent it from spreading.

The measures that Helios Red Therapy takes against EMF Exposure

We have taken the utmost precautions when designing our Helios Red Therapy red light therapy lamps to protect you from unnecessary exposure to EMFs.

You can rest assured that when you use our low EMF red light therapy lamps, you will not expose yourself to unwanted EMFs because we have integrated advanced components into our devices to act as a barrier.

All our red light therapy lamps use 'EMF shields' that prevent the LED drivers, the LED circuit board and the power cables from emitting EMF radiation. 'EMF shielding' is the process of lowering the electromagnetic field in an area by shielding it with conductive material.

We have ZERO EMF emissions at the recommended treatment distance of 4 to 6 inches.

EMFs are strongest close to the source of the charge or charged conductor, but the strength decreases rapidly as the distance from the source of the charge increases. This means that if you perform your daily red light therapy at a distance of 4 to 6 inches from the device, you will get the most of the benefits of red and near-infrared light waves, without any exposure to EMFs.

Our Conclusion

Our commitment is to bring you the most advanced, powerful red light therapy lamps on the market, while protecting you from EMFs. Little to almost no EMF emission is always ideal.

Helios Red Therapy devices are among the most technologically advanced devices available. Everything we do is based on science and safety, to ensure you achieve excellent results with this powerful light-based healing modality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the symptoms of EMF sensitivity?
A: EMF radiation causes sleep disorders such as insomnia, headaches, depression and depressive symptoms, exhaustion and fatigue.

Q: How can you protect yourself from EMF?
A: Let your body breathe. Do not use laptops and tablets on your lap. Don't keep your phone in your pocket. Do not hold your phone to your ear when calling. Use a wired headset instead.
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