2020-07-28

Commercial UV Disinfecting Products and Healthcare Disinfection Application Valued the Most by Lighting Professionals

Lighting Research Center (LRC) conducted a survey to investigate the viewpoint of people towards UV disinfection products. (Image: Pixabay) Demands for UV disinfection products hiked due to the present pandemic crisis. With increasing options for products and applications, many consumers and product specifiers have questions about the safety, effectiveness, and energy efficiency of these products. In order to address these concerns, the LRC is currently examining a range of UV disinfection technologies. The goal of this work is to provide information that will h...
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2020-07-23

Toyoda Gosei Develops Deep UV LED Light Module for Sterilization

Toyoda Gosei unveiled its new deep UV LED modules developed for sterilization of water, air, and surfaces. Deep UV LEDs emit short wavelength UV light including the UVC wavelengths that destroy the genetic materials of viruses and bacteria. They are promising as a new sterilizing light alternative to replace mercury lamps. (Image: Toyoda Gosei) Aiming to expand deep UV LED applications, Toyoda Gosei has been developing products in modules or units with waterproof or heat dissipation features. In a joint experiment conducted with the Biomedical Scienc...
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2020-07-16

UVC LED Embedded Disinfecting Face Mask Reaches $1M Fund on Crowdfunding Platform

We have now learned that COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets or surfaces contact of the infected individuals. As a result, wearing mask and intensifying disinfection are considered effective ways to prevent infection. Combining above two solutions, a UVC LED embedded mask was developed and raised more than US$ 1 million on a crowdfunding platform. (Image: UM System) The product, named UVMask, was launched by UM System, a subsidiary of Measure Inc. focusing on optical and bio-technology, on June 25, 2020. According to UM System, UVMask is a reus...
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2020-07-16

Scientists Back UV Light Applications for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Indoors

Since many places have ended lockdowns and return to usual life but the threat of COVID-19 continues, it is important to maintain social distance and intensify disinfection in public areas. UV light disinfection, which has been a popular application ever since the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak, is now supported by scientists as an effective solution to prevent COVID-19 transmission for indoor environment. A study recently published in ACS Nano by experts in the fields of virology, immunology, aerosols, architecture, and physics, have surveyed the possible methods t...
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2020-07-13

What’s Next for UVC LED While Signify and Osram Add Conventional UV Lamp Product Lines? (Part 2)

People usually only know that UV light is viable to kill bacteria and viruses, but they are not aware of the details about wavelength or ililluminance. For the manufacturers who had planned to end production of conventional lighting, this UVC trend for lamps become a big surprise. Take Signify for example, it is magnifying product categories and lines and invested UV lamp producer, GLA, in Netherland, indicating that the heat of UVC conventional lamp will not fade away in short. As a connector supplier, Amphenol LTW Technology has been collaborating with manufactur...
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2020-07-13

What’s Next for UVC LED While Signify and Osram Add Conventional UV Lamp Product Lines? (Part 1)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe impacts on the global economics. People around the world are getting used to a new lifestyle in response to the crisis as well. In order to prevent infection, UV technology applications are returning to the center of the industry. UVC, with the wavelengths between 200 – 280 nanometers (nm) and can deactivate bacteria and viruses, is gaining unprecedented attention in particular. In the past few months, the effects of UVC light on coronaviruses have been discussed and reported. LED manufactures also hurriedly devoted to UV...
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2020-07-02

Cleanbox’ Decontamination Cabinets Adopt UVC LED by Crystal IC

Deployment of UVC LEDs on disinfecting products becomes more and more common as the demand for decontamination remains high with the continuous impact of COVID-19. Cleanbox, who manufactures smart tech hygiene equipment for decontaminating headsets, eyewear, masks, and hardware, has selected Crystal IS’ Klaran UVC LED for its products. Numerous studies have shown that UV light is proven to destroy a wide range of viruses and bacteria, including the pathogen of the world sweeping COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, UV emitting devices such ...
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2020-07-01

Columbia University Uses Far-UVC Light to Safely Kill Airborne Coronaviruses

Aiming to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and diminish coronavirus, UVC radiation has been widely promoted and applied in disinfection. But UVC radiation exposure could also lead to damage on skin and eye for human and animals. Finding a way to safely deploy UVC light has thus become a target for researchers all over the world. Far-UVC with a wavelength of 222 nm is considered a safe alternative in UVC disinfection as many researchers found that the light can effectively deactivate germs and viruses without causing harm for people. A new study led by researc...
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2020-07-01

FBH and UVphotonics Introduce Versatile LED Irradiation System Integrating Disinfecting UVC LEDs and Medical Curing Functions

Berlin-based Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) and its spin-off UVphotonics have designed and developed a versatile irradiation system for surface treatment. The modular system can be flexibly equipped with its in-house developed UV LEDs and commercially available UV, visible and infrared LEDs, meeting the demands for different targeted emission spectrum. (Image: FBH) For disinfection purposes it can be equipped with LEDs emitting at 265 nm to eliminate germs on surfaces of daily objects such as mobile phones and reusable masks as well as menu cards in restaura...
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2020-06-24

IES and IUVA Introduce ANSI Standard for UV-C Measurement for Disinfection

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) have partnered to develop American National Standards for the measurement and characterization of UV-C device performance in disinfection. Through this partnership IES and IUVA aim to cooperatively promote awareness of and improve the application of UV disinfection technology in the healthcare system by establish measuring standard for UV disinfecting products including light sources of UV lamps and UV LEDs. (Image: Pixabay) Since UVC radiation...
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2020-06-22

UV LEDs in Air Conditioners to Sterilize Coronavirus in the Air

Several researchers have proved the effectiveness of UVC radiation from both LEDs and lamps on deactivating coronavirus for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Seoul Viosys, who experts in UV LED technology, announced a new application of installing UV LEDs in air conditioners. Seoul Viosys partnered with Gree Electric Appliances, a Chinese air conditioner maker, to launch a new series of air conditioner products adopting Violeds UV LED technology. (Image: Seoul Viosys) The UV LED embedded air conditioners will provide disinfection on the ...
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2020-06-17

Signify’s UVC Lights Validated by Boston University to Effectively Inactivate COVID-19 Virus

Signify collaborated with the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University in the US on a research that validates the effectiveness of Signify’s UVC light sources on the inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Since the start of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Griffiths, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine and his team have been working on developing tools to support scientific advancement in this field. During their research they have t...
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2020-06-16

World First UVC LED Embedded Disinfection Robot Launched in Singapore

Otsaw, the robot manufacturer from Singapore announced that it has launched the world first UVC LED based autonomous robot for disinfection. The robot, named “O-RX,” is created in only eight weeks from conceptualization, design, materials procurement, prototype testing to certification. The UVC LED embedded disinfecting robot also passed safety testing and has been certified by TUV SUD. (Image: Otsaw) Unlike other current UV disinfecting robot using mercury UV lamps, the O-RX utilizes the UVC LED technology that emits only UVC ...
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2020-06-10

Atomic Blue’s Germicidal UVC Light Approved by FDA

In April, Atomic Blue, the U.S. LED company, announced that its high power UVC LED has passed the test by NIH for killing 99.9999% COVID-19 virus. Now, the company’s UVC germicidal light has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (Image: Atomic Blue) Atomic Blue's ultraviolet light has been registered with the FDA as a Disinfectant – Medical Device with the product code LRJ under device Class 1. The UVC fixture, known for its ability to eradicate the COVID-19 virus, is now approved for com...
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2020-06-08

German UV Technology Developer Proves Effectiveness of UVC irradiation for Diminishing Coronavirus

Dr. Hönle, a Germany-based UV technology developer, announced that it has proved that energy-rich short-waved UVC irradiation is highly effective for inactivating SARS-CoV-2 viruses, pathogen of COVID-19. The tests were conducted at the Institute for Medical Virology of the University Hospital Frankfurt. (Image: Pixabay) The results show that, using special Hönle UV units, the new corona virus can be killed reliably within seconds. An inactivation rate of 99,99% was confirmed in the laboratory. The tests were carried out applying different...
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2020-06-04

New Research Proposes Transparent Conductor Material for High Performance UV Light Emission

To enhance UVC disinfecting applications, a new study proposed an alternative transparent conductor that deliver UV spectrum to solve the issue of low efficiency of current UV LED technology. The research provide the approach of using SrNbO3 as an electrode material for UV LED. A joint research group with scholars from The Pennsylvania State University, University of Minnesota from the U.S. and The University of Tokyo and Tohoku University in Japan published their study in Communications Physics suggesting a solution of UV-transparent electrode to de...
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2020-06-02

Acuity Brands to Use Ushio’s Far-UVC Light for Human-safe Indoor Disinfecting Lighting

The U.S. lighting company Acuity Brands announced its strategic partnership with Ushio America. The two companies entered into an alliance agreement that Ushio will supply Acuity Brands with its Care222® UV disinfection module, which generate far-UVC light which is safe to human skin but capable of inactivating viruses and bacteria on indoor surfaces. Under the agreement, Acuity Brands will have an exclusive right to use Ushio’s far-UVC disinfecting module for general illumination uses throughout North America and non-exclusive right for the worldwide m...
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2020-06-01

Researchers Find UV Light and Riboflavin Can Reduces SARS-CoV-2 Pathogens in Blood

Worldwide researchers continues to explore the possible ways to defeat the novel coronavirus. UV light is considered one of the effective ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection as it deactivates microorganism in air, water and on the surface. A new study from Colorado State University (CSU) found that UV light can also diminish SARS-CoV-2 virus in blood. Researchers at CSU used existing technologies to show that exposing the coronavirus to riboflavin and UV light reduces pathogens in human plasma and whole-blood products. The result was published on M...
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2020-05-27

More Researches to Prove Safety of Far-UVC for Air Disinfection

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred the awareness of disinfection and stimulated demands for related applications based on UVC radiation. UVC LED products have thus become a hit across the world. However, the safety issue of UV light also become a concern as direct exposure of UV radiation is harmful for people and animal. Aim to improve safety of UV disinfection and expand application opportunities, researcher across the world are searching for method to make UV light less harmful. And far-UVC seems to be the solution. A new research carried out by the Univers...
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2020-05-27

Seoul Viosys’ Violeds Technology Applied in Portable Air Purifiers to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Infection

Seoul Viosys and SETi have reported a wide range of applications with its Violeds technology, which was claimed to achieve 99.9% sterilization of coronavirus. After the collaboration with automotive component supplier and home appliance makers to apply the technology for car interior disinfection and laundry tank cleaning, the two company announced the launch of portable air purifier with Violeds under the brand “VAC.” SETi and Seoul Viosys are going to release Violeds technology adopted portable air purifiers to reduce the risk of infection from different pat...
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2020-05-19

UVC LED Market Expands with More Home Appliances and Consumer Products Adopting the Technology

The COVID-19 outbreak has spurred people’s awareness in disinfection and roused demands for related products and applications. UVC LEDs with germicidal function thus become popular among consumers and brands of home appliance. LG Electronics launched a new refrigerator with ice and water purifier using UVC LED technology. A UVC LED is equipped at the outlet of the water purifier of the refrigerator and is able to diminish 99.99% E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus based on the Korea Construction & Living Environment Research Institute (KCL) t...
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2020-05-12

Seoul Viosys Provides Violeds Technology to China’s Hisense and Haier for Laundry Tank Cleaning

Seoul Viosys, the subsidiary of Seoul Semiconductor focusing on UV LED technology, announced that its Violeds technology has been adopted in washing machines and are now mass produced by Chinese companies Hisense and Haier. The laundry tank sometimes contains invisible contamination and germs, causing odors and molds in the washing machine. By implementing Violeds technology from Seoul Viosys, the Chinese companies solved the problem of laundry tank sterilization and deodorization. Seoul Viosys posted its 1Q20 financial results last week noting that its business p...
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2020-05-11

Subway Trains and Buses in NYC Disinfected by UVC to Fight against Coronavirus Infection

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is using UV lamps to sanitize subway cars and buses for COVID-19 infection prevention, reported New York Daily News. MTA announced that it will close the subway system from one to five a.m. every day since May 6, 2020 to deep clean and disinfect all the trains and buses to combat coronavirus. One of its disinfecting solution is using UV lamps to deliver UVC radiation for diminishing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in the cars. (Image: Pixabay) The disinfection project applying U...
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2020-05-04

Healthe Launches Human-Safe UV Light Solutions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Infection

Healthe announced the expansion of the Cleanse® Series that uses UV light which the company claims to be safe for human exposure to continuously sanitize public environments using UV light The UV light equipped series include Cleanse Portal, Cleanse Downlight and Cleanse Air-Sanitizing Troffer. The Cleanse Portal is a free-standing walkthrough arch sanitizer, similar in size and shape to a metal detector, that inactivates bacteria and viruses on skin, clothing and goods with a dosage requirement as low as 20 seconds. The Cleanse Downlight combines general illum...
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2020-04-29

Atomic Blue UV LED Light Tested by the NIH to Diminish 99.9999% COVID-19 Virus from N95 Masks and Steel Surfaces

A U.S. based LED company Atomic Blue announced the launch of its high-powered UV-C LED light. The light has been tested by the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. government on the COVID-19 Virus and shown to eradicate the virus by 99.9999%. The study was conducted in a controlled laboratory setting on N95 masks and steel surfaces. According to the NIH website: "N95 respirators can be decontaminated effectively and maintain functional integrity for up to three uses. N95 respirators are designed for single-use and are worn by healthcare provid...
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2020-04-27

UV Industry Associations Warn: Do Not Use UV Light on Human Body for Disinfection

A wide range of disinfecting products adopting UV LEDs or UV lamps are become a hit in the consumer electronics market as people are using them to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) and RadTech North America consisting of UV equipment vendors, scientists, engineers, consultants, and members of the medical profession published a press release to inform the public that UV light is not safe to be used directly on the human body. (Image: Pixabay) These organizations noted that there are no protocols t...
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2020-04-27

Urgent Need of Surface Disinfection Powered by UVC LED Technology

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted the large-scale search for practical solutions that can prevent the spread of the deadly virus — from researchers and scientists committed to finding a solution, to the manufacturers and consumers looking for credible information. In this time of uncertainty, many are seeking information around the potential technologies that can be used to combat the virus. One proven approach is using UV light. Disrupting the DNA of pathogens with UV light UVC light is a commonly used sterilization technology that has been shown to i...
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2020-04-22

LEDinside to Grandly Launch the 2020 Deep UV LED Application Market and Branding Strategies

According to the latest report by LEDinside, the research division of TrendForce, “2020 Deep UV LED Application Market and Branding Strategies,” UV LED used to rely on pricing reduction to seize market acceptance of brands and consumers. But currently under the impact of COVID-19, brands and consumers’ awareness of sterilization has been greatly enhanced. UV-C LED manufacturers’ order inquiries dramatically increased after Lunar New Year. It is believed that UV-C LED will have the opportunity to steadily improve market value....
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2020-04-20

UCSB and Research Partners to Work on High Efficiency UV LED based on AlGaN/SiC to Combat Coronavirus

UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) and member companies are developing UV LEDs that have the ability to decontaminate surfaces — and potentially air and water — that have come in contact with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) to combat the world spreading disease. Recently, much attention has turned to the power of UV light to inactivate the novel coronavirus and Seoul Semiconductor, a SSLEEC member company, reported its achievement of “99.9% sterilization of coronavirus (COVID...
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2020-04-20

IES Publishes Report to Explain How UV Disinfection Could Help to Prevent COVID-19 Infection

In response to the rising number of disinfecting products and applications based on UV radiation for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) issued a new report by their Photobiology Committee, providing professional information for germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) disinfection and its potential to safely reduce the transmission of coronavirus. (Image: Pixabay) The report provided answers to frequently asked questions about GUV, drawing from expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food a...
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