Thanks to its disinfecting properties, UV-C radiation is a real all-rounder. UV-C lamps can be used to disinfect water, air and surfaces. But while the use of such lamps has so far been limited to a few industries, demand has exploded across all sectors worldwide since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the unique features which have suddenly placed UV-C technology in the global spotlight.
Electromagnetic radiation is characterized by a specific wavelength. Compared to visible light, ultraviolet radiation, UV radiation for short, has a significantly shorter wavelength. Depending on the type of UV radiation, this lies between 10 and 400 nanometres. UV radiation is divided into four ranges according to its wavelength:
UV-C radiation: environmentally friendly and efficient
Compared to other disinfection methods, UV-C radiation has a number of advantages:
For these reasons, UV-C radiation has been used for decades in some sectors such as medicine or food packaging disinfection (for example yoghurt pots) as a clean disinfectant solution.
Up to recently, the implementation of UV-C lamps were still very limited. In addition to medical applications, UV-C radiation was mainly used in the food industry as well as for cleaning pools, aquariums and wastewater. However, as COVID-19 becomes more widespread, the need for UV-C lamps has boomed. Even in areas where UV-C applications have at best been in a very small niche, there is now an increased demand.
T8 UV-C lamps
T8 UV-C lamps are available in three lengths: 440 millimetres (15 watts / 25 watts), 900 millimetres (30 watts / 55 watts) and 1,200 millimetres (36 watts / 75 watts).
The Linear Housing UV-C Sensor has
The Linear Housing UV-C Sensor is available in two lengths: 440 millimetres (18 watts) and 900 millimetres (33 watts).
One of the two global lighting manufacturers with offices in >50 countries and R&D centers in Boston, Shenzhen, and Garching/Munich
Industry-leading in low pressure discharge technology for decades, ?holding several dozen core patents (more than 50 patents) in this field globally
Maker of T8 UV-C lamps with a proven track record - the LEDVANCE factory in Smolensk/ Russia has been mass producing UV-C lamps since 2012
Dedicated research center on “light for human health & wellbeing”, recently awarded from VDE for our proprietary BIOLUX® technology
Actively driving new requirements for disinfection on safety and effectiveness in standards and guidelines (e.g. member of UV-C disinfection working groups in leading industry associations1))
1) Global Lighting Association, Lighting Europe Association, ZVEI, IEC TC34 AG17 Standardization
UV-C disinfection devices should not be used directly on the body as they can damage the skin and eyes. For this reason, some safety instructions must be observed during use:
In addition, information on the packaging and in the accompanying instruction book must be followed precisely.