Frequently asked questions
What is UV-C Light Sterilization
UV-C light breaks down the cell walls and DNA/RNA of living
organisms to inactivate multiplication and destroy them.
It is proven to be especially effective when used in conjunction
with standard operating cleaning protocol.
UV-C light is already being used to:
-Sterilize spaces and equipment in healthcare, aviation, and industry
-Sterilize drinking water
-Cleans the air in addition to surfaces
-Quickly kills 99.9% of virus (including SARS CoV-1 and CoV-2) and bacteria
-No lasting effects post-sterilization
-Does not damage or destroy treated areas
-High speed treatment
What Does Your HVAC Control Panel Offer?
UVC Power panels offer complete control of your pre-determined ballast configuration and lamp installation. Each system can accomodate any ballast on the market, including several different levels of input power. With safety as the number one concern, each system comes standard with several safety interlocks allowing for convenient maintenance and keeping technicians safe when in or around the UVC lamp operation.
Where can I source replacement parts for my control system?
UVC Power offers a wide variety of replcement UVC lamps, ballasts specific to lamp configuration, saftey coponents, installation products as well as critical internal controller parts.
To request any products not listed on the website please contact us at:
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What is the science behind UV-C?
UV light, specifically between 200-280nm[i] (UVC or the germicidal range), inactivates (aka, ‘kills’) at least two other coronaviruses that are near-relatives of the COVID-19 virus: 1)SARS-CoV-1 and 2) MERS-CoV.
UV light shows a lot of promise: SSLEEC member company Seoul Semiconductor in early April reported a “99.9% sterilization of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 30 seconds.”
Normal cleaning and disinfection may leave behind some residual contamination, which UVC can treat suggesting that a multiple disinfectant approach is prudent. UVC has been shown to achieve a high level of inactivation of a near-relative of COVID-19’s virus (i.e., SARS-CoV-1, tested with adequate dose of 254nm UV while suspended in liquid).
UVC light is highly effective at killing bacteria and viruses by destroying the molecular bonds that hold their DNA together.
Columbia University Medical Center
UV is a known disinfectant for air, water and surfaces that can help to mitigate the risk of acquiring an infection in contact with the COVID-19 virus when applied correctly.
International Ultraviolet Association Inc
Certainly, we know that in the hospital environments, the hospitals that have used it at Mayo, Stanford, University of Southern California, M.D. Anderson … they’ve disinfected about 22 and a half million rooms and they’ve dropped their infection rates 50 to 100 percent.
Will a UVC device kill COVID 19?
UVC light is used to disinfect objects and surfaces.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is produced by the sun and by special lamps. There are three types of UV light—UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC light has the most energy of the three types. This energy destroys the genetic material inside viruses and other microbes. Therefore, UVC light is used for disinfection. UVC lamps and robots are commonly used to sanitize water, objects such as laboratory equipment, and spaces such as buses and airplanes.
UVC light probably destroys the novel coronavirus, but we need to learn more.
UVC light has been found to destroy viruses and other microbes on surfaces in hospitals. But it is not widely used in hospitals or other health care settings. The U.S. government and the UV technology industry are working to define standards for UV disinfection technologies in healthcare settings.
Most UV sanitizers have not been tested against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. But UVC light been shown to destroy related coronaviruses, including the one that causes the disease MERS.
It is not safe to use UV sanitizers on your body.
Exposure to UVC light is dangerous for people.
UVC sanitizers can damage your eyes and skin.
UV light can cause cancer.
Scientists are exploring ways to use a specific type of UVC light for devices that could be safe for humans. However, existing products are not safe to use on your body.
UVC wands, pouches, and lamps are also sold for home use—for example, disinfecting your cell phone. However, the safety and effectiveness of these products is not known. Beware of false claims that say these products are effective or are for use on humans.
Sunlight does not destroy the coronavirus quickly.
UVC light from the sun is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. When you go outside on a sunny day, the UV light that reaches you is UVA and some UVB. These types of UV light do not destroy viruses quickly.
Going outside on a sunny day will not quickly break down coronaviruses on skin. But it can give you a sunburn if you are not wearing sunscreen!
Some viruses are seasonal and spread more slowly in the summer. This is probably due to warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and changes in human behaviors—not because it is sunnier in the summer.
The best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 are to wash your hands, keep your distance from other people, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
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What can I do with my old UVC Lamps?
We suggest reviewing your state and local code requirements for additonal information on properly dispossing of UVC germicidal lamps.
More info here
How many UVC lamps do I need for my specific application?
Dosage formulas attached here.