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Homes near High Voltage Transmission Lines

Over the years there has been much talk and debate too, about the effects of EMF, especially as to whether or not it does relate to the health of the human body. The advent of the internet has certainly heralded much wider dissemination of this debate as well.

Believe it or not - no wires here just the tubes themselves

Believe it or not - no wires here just the tubes themselves

Richard Box above, certainly proved, like many others have also done, what I too, already knew.

See, back in the mid 80’s I visited a friend out near Campbelltown in Western Sydney for an afterwork Xmas function. The host had a party trick to show once it got dark, he picked up two standard white fluorescent tubes and walked over to a back corner of his section. He lifted the tubes above his head, and sure enough they lit up with no wires attached.

From memory he did mention that the section he built his house on was purchased at a great rate. Being the 1st time I’d seen this I was struck by it, and have never forgotten having seen that.

And along a similar vein……

What seems interesting though is that this article states……………..

Electric Clocks

Electric clocks have a very high magnetic field, as much as 5 to 10 mG up to three feet away. If you are using a bedside clock, you are probably sleeping in an EMF equivalent to that of a powerline. Studies have linked high rates of brain tumors with chronic exposure to magnetic fields, so it is wise to place all clocks and other electrical devices (such as telephones and answering devices) at least 6 feet from your bed.

….that there could be “powerline equivalent” EMF coming from your bedside clock!

If that’s right, then you have already been getting an equivalent to that powerline voltage right beside your bed for the last 5 years anyway!

Reminds me of the whole cell phone issue too. The fact is that for those tubes to light up their is definitely something there, its about whether or not that “something” does anything.


The clip here, is from Australia, circa mid 2000s.

This article is not written to be alarmist, its about doing your research, and certainly there are more highly qualified folk out there in the world, than you or I, who are conducting ongoing credible research, even offer suggestions like this ………

Determining whether, and to what extent, high voltage transmission lines (HVTL) have an impact on the value of adjacent or nearby residential property by reason of proximity alone is a challenging appraisal assignment.


…….for valuation of property.

Its too these sources one should direct ones attention to assist in understanding the pros & cons of purchasing a home with-in a certain distance from these high voltage transmission lines or sub-stations.

If you’re curious about any relevant future upgrades to your neck of the woods, you can head on over to http://www.gridnewzealand.co.nz/projects ~ here, and check your desired location from the drop down search on the left hand side. There’s also some related info here http://www.transpower.co.nz/emf.

For Real Estate Salespersons I’ll leave you with these notes from a US Realtor on the subject…………

  1. Possibly have (directed to sellers)  an EMF study conducted on the property and include it in any disclosure information about the property.
  2. Never make statements about the property that could lead a buyer to conclude that the transmission lines are safe.  As a seller, you’re not a EMF specialist.  Don’t increase your liability by thinking that since you haven’t had any problems that the new buyer won’t.

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