What is ultraviolet?

Ultraviolet light is part of the light spectrum, which is classified into three wavelength ranges:

    UV-C, from 100 nanometers (nm) to 280 nm
    UV-B, from 280 nm to 315 nm
    UV-A, from 315 nm to 400 nm

What is germicidal ultraviolet?

UV-C light is germicidal – i.e., it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, virus and other pathogens and thus destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease. Specifically, UV-C light causes damage to the nucleic acid of microorganisms by forming covalent bonds between certain adjacent bases in the DNA. The formation of such bonds prevent the DNA from being unzipped for replication, and the organism is unable to reproduce. In fact, when the organism tries to replicate, it dies.

What are the beneficial uses of germicidal ultraviolet?

Ultraviolet technology is a non-chemical approach to disinfection. In this method of disinfection, nothing is added which makes this process simple, inexpensive and requires very low maintenance. Ultraviolet purifiers utilize germicidal lamps that are designed and calculated to produce a certain dosage of ultraviolet (usually at least 16,000 microwatt seconds per square centimeter but many units actually have a much higher dosage.) The principle of design is based on a product of time and intensity – you must have a certain amount of both for a successful design.
Here are just a few of the applications…


Drinking Water

  •     farms, ranches & trailer parks
  •     schools & hotels
  •     aquarium, hatcheries and nurseries
  •     ice making

Food Processing

  •     brewery & winery
  •     soft drinks, fruit drinks and juices
  •     bottling facilities
  •     dairy processing
  •     water based lubricants
  •     pure wash water

Medical

  •     pharmaceutical production
  •     laboratories, hospitals and clinics
  •     maternity labor and delivery areas
  •     pathology labs, kidney dialysis
     

 

UVC lights disinfect by disrupting the molecular bonds that hold together microbial genetic material or proteins.

It deactivates the DNA of bacteria, virus and other pathogens and thus destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease.