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Mobile UVC Germicidal Lights
Our UVC light have a mobile cart option with adjustable height mounting arm that allows you to move the UVC Sterilization Lights to where they are needed.
LED UVC Germicidal Lights for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
UV light occurs naturally in nature. Its created by the sun. In particular, there are three spectrums of UV light that matter: UVA, UVB and UVC. And make no mistake about it, these spectrums are considered to be "light", although some are not visible to humans. Our eye sight cannot detect these invisible spectrums but they do exist.
UVC Simulation: Comparing 100W LED UVC to 200W LED UVC - 20 X 20 ft room, 16 ft high
What is UVC Light?
This spectrum is very good at destroying genetic material. Unfortunately, it doesn't differentiate between good genetic material and bad. It will cause harm to humans (good) and viruses (bad).
So why isn't UVC light more of a problem now? That's because the earth's ozone layer filters most of the UVC spectrum out. So the good in this is it keeps people safe. The bad part is we lose its ability to kill viruses, bacteria and other harmful pathogens.
UVC light is also particularly damaging to eye sight. The reason is that the light source is invisible to us. When people are exposed to a bright light source, they have mechanisms to deal with this. They turn away, they blink, the close their eye lids, or block the light with their hands. UVC light is not detectable to us. So we don't naturally try to avoid or protect ourselves from this light source. So it can cause serious and permanent damage to our eye sight if we are exposed to it.
Scientists discovered in 1878 that UVC light could be used as a method of sterilization. And this method is a common place in hospitals, dentists offices and even nail salons to disinfect tools after use. UVC light is used in water treatment plants, HVAC units and hot tubs as a means of sterilizing bacteria and viruses.
Other methods of sterilization has become ineffective to some forms of pathogens, bacteria's and viruses. Heat is sometime used, but some pathogens have built resistance to heat. And using dangerous chemicals like bleach is not always a good option (or even an option). UVC has been found to be very effective in destroying these pathogens. But as mentioned, it has its own risks and so proper use of this technology is important.
The sweet spot for UVC is between 270 and 280 nm. Our lights are 80% UVC at 275 nm and 20% UVA to provide a visible purple glow to indicate the light is operational.
How long to do you need to run our lights? It's the run time to achieve 90% effective destruction rate. Our UVC products are all the same size and cover the same area. The difference between the lower wattage and the higher wattage units is the higher wattage units can achieve the 90% destruction rate quicker.
Our 200 Watt UVC High Bay will be 2X faster than the 100 Watt unit and 4X faster than the 50 Watt unit in achieving the 90% rate. If you are looking for a higher effective destruction rate (90-99%), you have to increase the run time or increase the wattage used.
The Best Lighting Choices for Hospitals
Like schools, hospitals are stressed for funds too. Hospital wards, operating rooms, hallways, parking lots need around the clock, high quality light. Thousands of dollars are needed to fund the lighting electricity bills alone. This is why for hospital and healthcare facilities, it's important to have a sustainable future.
Eliminating Mercury from Hospitals
AIA Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities recommend the elimination of mercury from light fixtures.
LED technology is a viable and socially-responsible alternate to incandescent bulbs, HIDs and fluorescents for healthcare facilities.
Replacing mercury with better and safer materials is a must. Such as mercury containing sphygmomanometers replaced by aneroid devices. There is little wisdom in risking patient exposure to mercury by using fluorescent lights.
Healthcare Lighting - Replace or Retrofit?
As a facility manager of a hospital, you can convert over to LED but keep your investment in your fixtures. Outdoors, you can replace Metal Halide and HPS bulbs with HID LED Retrofit Conversion Kits. It's as simple as a bulb and ballast replacement. Indoors, you can replace fluorescent tubes with Magnetic LED Light Strip Retrofits for Troffers. So converting over to LED products doesn't have to be difficult or costly if you understand how you can retrofit.
If your fixtures are old (10+ years), replacing may make more sense. If they are newer fixtures, you can retrofit them with LED and get all the same benefits but keep your look.
Replacing fluorescent tubes inside hospitals is easy with Magnetic Strip Retrofit Kits. Simple to do, remove the fluorescent tube and ballast and replace with the magnetic strip and led driver. A 15 watt LED magnetic strip retrofit kit can replace a 32 watt fluorescent tube. These lights also last much longer. The operating costs of an LED light bulb are thus only about 40% of an fluorescent bulb.
There are many reasons why hospitals worldwide are investing in energy efficient lighting. Energy efficient lighting devices provide hospitals with innovative technological solutions to:
- Increase efficiency
- Improve safety
- Improve lighting levels
- Increase the comfort of patients and employees alike
- Reduce the use of mercury in the healthcare facility
- Reduce air conditioning costs
- ‘Green’ their operations
- Cut down on maintenance costs and costly facility downtime
- Get the benefit of tax deductions by taking advantage of The Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
- Improve cash flows
These lights are on 24 X 7 and deliver the best returns on investment. The payback period for these lights can be less than a year. Fluorescent troffers can be upgraded or replaced with LED. Fluorescent lights flicker, causing eyes strain and headaches. Replacing them with LED creates a better work and patient environment. Plus, we offer color changing and dimmable LED Panels. Toning down the color temperature and dimming the lights provides an inviting environment. It makes your indoor areas more appealing.