UV Antivirus Lights Collection FAQs
What is ultraviolet light?
Ultraviolet light represents a portion of the sun’s electromagnetic spectrum. It is the wavelength band immediately beyond the violet end of visible light. The UV range of the spectrum is characterized by wavelengths between 100 and 400 nanometers (nm). It includes the long-wave UV-A (315 to 400 nm), which causes suntan (or burn), medium-wave UV-B, (280 to 315 nm) used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, and short-wave UV-C (100 to 280 nm).
What kind of UV is used?
Our UV Antivirus Lights are “Germicidal UV”, it’s a term used to describe UVC. UVC is short-ultraviolet radiation in the “C” band of 100 to 280 nanometers. The germicidal range 180nm to 280nm is lethal to microorganisms.
What kind of UVC are your products? Are they far-UVC?
Our UV Antivirus Lights are UVC with ozone. This means our UV Lights are not used to disinfect people, pets, or plants. But they're used to disinfect non-living things like rooms, surfaces, equipment, etc. It's safe to use as long as proper directions are followed.
How does UVC kill germs?
UVC light is germicidal – i.e., it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens and thus destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease. Specifically, germicidal UV 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 prevents 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 can your UV Antivirus Lights kill?
Our UV Lights effectively kills 99.9% of all viruses, bacteria and mold. The following is a partial list of pathogens killed by germicidal UV and some of the diseases they cause: Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Influenza (Flu), Pneumonia, Meningitis, Common Cold, Measles, HIV, Strep, Staph, MRSA, E. Coli, Anthrax, Avian (Bird) Flu.
I’m skeptical. Do your UV Lights kill Coronavirus?
Yes, it should kill Coronavirus on surfaces. Philippine medical frontliners (PGH, Fabella Hosp., The Medical City, etc.) are contacting us to donate UV Antivirus Lights to their hospitals and homes. See our IG/FB page for more details. Institutions in the country and abroad are using UV light to disinfect their personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, suits, gloves, machines, etc. However, it does not remove Coronavirus from people or animals. It should only be used to disinfect non-living things: rooms, personal protective equipment, car interiors, clothes, plastics, furniture, appliance surfaces, etc.
I'm skeptical. Do your UV Lights really work?
Yes. In fact, the US government now specifies that germicidal UV be used in all government buildings. A simple Google search will provide you with hundreds of articles and studies regarding the effectiveness of this technology.
Are your UV Lights safe?
Yes. Our UV products, when used as directed, are completely safe. Most of the devices should operate in enclosed spaces, so there is no exposure to people, pets, or plants. The direct sterilization units, if used as instructed, are perfectly safe as well. Care must be taken to avoid prolonged direct exposure of the lamps to skin and eyes as temporary irritation may result. Careful responsible use will result in total safety.
How are your UV Lights used?
Our UV Antivirus Lamps can be used in various applications depending on the needs of your facility/home. Our UV Antivirus Floor Lamp can be used in big residential spaces and commercial buildings. The more portable UV Antivirus Table Lamp can be used in regular residences like condo units, houses.
How often do the bulbs need to be replaced?
Germicidal UV lamps are good for approximately 10,000 hours of continuous use. Generally, lamps should be replaced at least once a year. Remember, the lamp will continue to stay lit for many years. However, the UV effectiveness needed to kill organisms diminishes after about 10,000 hours. You should not wait until the lamp goes out to replace it, as you would with a regular light bulb.
What effect does your UV Lights have on surrounding materials?
Long-term exposure of germicidal UV light to plastics will shorten the shelf life of the plastic by approximately 10%. Example: If the plastic would normally last about ten years, and it’s exposed to germicidal UV light the entire time, it would probably need to be replaced in 9 years. Plant life may be damaged by direct or reflected germicidal ultraviolet rays. Transient dyes and colors may be faded from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays.
What companies use UVC?
Many companies use germicidal UV in their facilities such as Borden, Inc., Johns Hopkins University, Wyeth Laboratories, Proctor and Gamble, Central Texas Medical Center and Safeway Stores, Inc. You may also find more companies from a simple Google search. Philippine medical frontliners (PGH, Fabella Hosp., The Medical City, etc.) are contacting us to donate UV Antivirus Lights to their hospitals and homes.
Can I put UVC fixtures in my home?
Yes – our UV Lights can be safely used in homes, as well as in hospitals, laboratories, clean rooms, doctors’ offices, commercial buildings, food processing plants and other commercial and residential environments.
Do your UV Lights kill viruses?
Yes -germicidal UVC lamps kill up to 99.9% of most viruses, airborne bacteria and mold spores.
Will your UV Lights take care of mold?
Yes. Germicidal UVC lamps will kill up to 99.9% of mold and help prevent future mold growth.
Should UVC lamps be cleaned?
Yes – depending on the surrounding environment, UVC lamps should be checked periodically (approximately every three months), and can be cleaned with a dry cotton cloth or paper towel. Wear rubber gloves and clean with alcohol only. This will also help maximize lamp life.
How much intensity do I need to kill certain organisms?
The exposure of germicidal ultraviolet rays is the product of time and intensity. High intensities for a short period and low intensities for a long period are fundamentally equal in lethal action on bacteria. The inverse square law applies to germicidal ultraviolet as it does to light: the killing power decreases as the distance from the lamps increases. The average bacterium will be killed in ten seconds at a distance of six inches from the lamp.
What damage will the lamps do to me?
Prolonged, direct exposure to UVC light can cause temporary skin redness and eye irritation, but does not cause skin cancer or cataracts. Our UV Antivirus Collection is designed with safety in mind, does not allow exposure to ultraviolet irradiation and allows for safe operation and maintenance. If you are exposed to direct germicidal light, it can burn the top surface of your skin. If your eyes are exposed, it would be similar to a “welder’s flash”, and your eyes can feel dry or gritty. At no time do germicidal lamps cause any permanent damage but precaution is highly recommended.
Can germicidal UV penetrate surfaces or substances?
No – germicidal UVC sterilizes only what it comes in contact with. If you have a room sterilizer, there are light fixtures or fans hanging from the ceiling, the UVC light will stop when it hits these fixtures. This may require additional fixtures placed strategically in the room to ensure complete coverage.
Do your products have ozone? What does ozone do?
Yes, the products have ozone. Ozone is a gas that has the function of sterilization and disinfection, even if there is a blockage of objects, the gas will also spread throughout the room, without being affected by obstructions. Ozone-free disinfection lamp, the ultraviolet rays are illuminated in a straight line, if the object is blocked, it will be reflected back and the surface disinfected.
How do you determine the square footage that one germicidal lamp will cover?
This is determined by the wattage of the lamp. Example: A 15-watt lamp will cover approximately 100 square feet; a 30-watt lamp will cover approximately 200 square feet. Also, see product descriptions for further details.
What safety precautions should be taken when using germicidal UVC?
In such installations, personnel should be protected by wearing either goggles/sunglasses or face shields, and by covering as much skin as possible with clothing or sun block.
How do I take care of a UV Antivirus Light?
Keep the UV light safe, out of reach of children and pets. ALWAYS keep the lamp in the provided protective case or cover until installation. Save the protective case or cover and packaging materials (box) for lamps. Use the protective case when disposing of the lamps. Firmly attach tape around the original cardboard box to seal the lamp securely.
How do I clean a broken UV Antivirus Light?
If lamps are broken, ventilate the area where the breakage occurred. Take the usual precautions for collecting broken glass. Clean up with a mercury vacuum cleaner or with other suitable means that avoids generating dust and mercury vapor. Do not use a standard vacuum cleaner. Place collected materials in a closed container. After handling broken lamps, remove protective clothing and
thoroughly wash hands before eating, smoking, or using toilet facilities.