Ballast Water Treatment Systems with USCG Approval

post 110When ships and cargo vessels take on ballast water in one port and release in another, natural ecosystems and fishing industries can be destroyed. Untreated ballast water contains marine organisms that are foreign to the ecosystems in which they are released and is known as one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of the world’s oceans. The Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) is enforced by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee, MEPC, a division of the International Maritime Organization, IMO. 

The BWTC requires all ships traveling through international waters to maintain an approved ballast water treatment system.  The United States Coast Guard enforces the proper treatment of ballast water and requires any ships taking on or releasing ballast water to meet USCG approval.  Ballast water treatment technologies include ultraviolet (UV) lamp systems, filtration and chlorination.

 

UV Ballast Water Treatment Technology

UV germicidal lamps are used in ballast water treatment systems to emit a powerful UV radiation which is a known water sterilizer.  UV lamps designed to emit UV radiation at a specific wavelength of 254 nm are proven to instantly destroy harmful viruses, bacteria and microorganisms.  When water passes through a UV lamp water sterilization system, UV light instantly alters the DNA of these living organisms and renders them inactive and unable to replicate. 

UV light is used in many water sterilization applications worldwide and is proven to eliminate harmful bacteria naked to the human eye as well as some bacteria that chlorine does not kill.  UVC germicidal lamps deliver powerful UV radiation without the use of harmful chemicals or byproducts. Additional advantages of UV water treatment includes long lasting, germicidal effectiveness with little to no maintenance required.  

 

LightSources Is a Leading Provider of UV Germicidal Lamps

The LightSources Group is a valuable supplier of UV germicidal lamps, offering proven ballast water treatment technology. We partner with OEMs large and small to provide the right type of lamps for your system with custom designed solutions available. Our UVC lamps are proven in water sterilization applications worldwide, providing proven effectiveness in a small footprint.  Our UV germicidal lamps include:

  • Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps
  • Medium Pressure UV (MPUV) lamps
  • Ozone producing UV germicidal lamps

 

The LightSources Group is recognized as a leading global supplier of high-tech UV lamps and lighting solutions with vast resources, decades of experience and knowledgeable lighting engineers.  LightSources is certified to ISO9001:2015, maintains a strict quality policy and is dedicated to continual improvement through first to market, patented lighting solutions. Contact us to learn more about our UVC germicidal lamps and lighting solutions.

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Benefits of UV Curing Polymers

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There are a few different methods used for drying polymers in many commercial and industrial applications. Air drying, applying quick drying chemicals and ultraviolet (UV) light are common methods used to dry polymers.  UV curing is becoming more popular as an effective method of curing polymers which provides many benefits. 

UV curing lamps are designed to emit the proper wavelength of UV radiation which causes an instant photochemical reaction to certain polymers. UV light can instantly cure glues, epoxies, polyurethane, lacquers and many polymers. UV curing is  quick and effective providing many cost-saving benefits and advantages over other methods. 

 

UV Curing Provides Advantages over Other Methods

Instant curing – UV curing is instant, which improves cycle times and alleviates bottlenecks in material flow. Secondary operations and packaging are often a bottleneck area for product movement.  With instant UV curing, products can be cured while moving from one station to another for many cost-saving efficiencies.

Consistent process – UV curing dries polymers instantly for a consistent and reliable process. Unlike air drying, there are no irregularities due to evaporation and no chance of dust particles contaminating surfaces while drying. UV lamps improve product quality for less scrapped and returned product. 

No chemical byproducts – unlike application of chemical drying agents, UV curing does not require the use of toxic chemicals providing a safe work environment.

UV curing lamps are in high demand to improve many commercial and industrial processes. Be sure to work with a reputable UV lamp manufacturer to obtain quality lamps for the best return on your investment.

 

LightSources Offers Proven UV Curing Solutions

The LightSources Group is a leading manufacturer providing UV lamp solutions to a multitude of industries. Our UV curing lamps are utilized worldwide and are recognized for high quality and longer-lasting performance over comparable products. We provide patented, first to market UV lamp solutions with custom-designed options available.

The LightSources Group is a leading global supplier of high tech lamp and lighting solutions.  We provide first to market, advanced lighting technology with an in-depth knowledge and expertise in UV radiation.  Contact us to learn more about our UV lamp solutions including UV curing lamps.

UV Phototherapy Lamps Provide Relief to Eczema Patients

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Eczema is a very irritating skin condition which affects people with patches of itchy, dry skin with different degrees of severity.  While there is no known cure for eczema, patience obtain relief with topical treatments such as corticosteroids, creams and ointments and also UV lamp phototherapy. Phototherapy is treatment with specially designed UV phototherapy lamps and must be prescribed by a doctor to obtain the right type of UV exposure.

Phototherapy for eczema and other dermatitis conditions may be performed in a doctor’s office or with phototherapy lamps in a patient’s home, under a doctor’s direction. UV phototherapy treatment is proven to improve the symptoms of many dermatitis conditions such as eczema, acne, vitiligo and other skin disorders.

 

How Do Light Therapy Lamps Work? 

UV phototherapy lamps are also called light therapy lamps and are effective by emitting the right wavelength of UV emissions in either UVA, UVB or UVC light.  UVB wavelengths in the narrow band specifically at 310 nm is proven to relieve eczema symptoms. UVA wavelengths may also be used combined with a medication called Psoralen, with a treatment referred to as PUVA.  

It is important to use the right type of UV lamps as regular tanning beds or other types of lamps will not have the right UV emission and could cause more harm than good.

 

LightSources Is a Leading Provider of UV Phototherapy Lamps

The lighting engineers at the LightSources Group are recognized as an authority on UV radiation, offering custom solutions to meet specific wavelength requirements. Our UVC germicidal lamps are found worldwide in phototherapy as well as germicidal applications. UVC germicidal lamps are effective at eliminating bacteria and viruses in water, on sufaces and in UV air treatment systems. UV lamps from LightSources are designed to improve health and wellness with germicidal and medical therapy benefits.

LightSources is recognized as the leading authority on UV lamp technology, with skilled engineers offering custom designed solutions.  We provide UV phototherapy lamps, UVC germicidal lamps and tanning solutions to OEMs worldwide. Contact us today to speak with an engineer about our proven UV phototherapy solutions.

UV Ballast Water Treatment Is US Coast Guard Approved

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The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) was ratified by Finland in 2016 with the final votes of States necessary to enforce international compliance.  While the United States is not a party to the BWMC, the US follows even stricter regulations. Any ship which discharges ballast water in United States waters must maintain a ballast water treatment system approved by the US Coast Guard.

How Ships’ Ballast Water Systems Work

Ships use a ballast water system to maintain ideal buoyancy and balance when traveling through open water and one loading or unloading cargo.  A large ship will have the capacity to hold millions of gallons of water in their ballast water system. The problem occurs when ships pick up water in one port and discharge in a foreign port, also discharging microorganisms and Marine sea creatures which invade the foreign ports without natural predators. 

Exchanging untreated ballast water is recognized as one of the top four greatest threats to the sustainability of the world’s oceans.  Invading marine organisms have had catastrophic results on fishing ports, devastating natural ecosystems and economies the communities depend upon. For example, invading zebra mussels multiplied to uncontrollable levels clogging underwater equipment in Lake St. Clair when discharged into the Great Lakes from ballast water in 1988. This incident caused an estimated $7 billion in damages.

 

UV Ballast Water Systems Offer Many Advantages

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is proven to have highly effective germicidal properties, with UVC germicidal lamps used worldwide in surface, water and air sterilization systems. UV ballast water treatment systems offer many advantages over other treatment technologies such as filtration or chemical use. UV ballast water treatment technology is approved by the US Coast Guard and offers the following benefits.

  • Minimal maintenance required – UV water treatment systems are simple to install and maintain. Chemical treatment systems require purchasing, storing and disposing of harmful chemicals which can be toxic and require additional treatments. Filtration systems do not catch microscopic organisms naked to the human eye and will often get clogged up quickly.  
  • Proven effective – UV radiation is proven to be highly effective at eliminating bacteria, viruses and harmful microorganisms regardless of water temperature or salinity.
  • Safety  – UVC radiation eliminates harmful contaminants with germicidal effectiveness that is safe to humans and produces no harmful byproducts.
  • Compact  UV germicidal lamps support compact water treatment systems with a small footprint and maybe custom designed for specific requirements.

 

LightSources Offers UVC Germicidal Lamps for Water Treatment Systems

The LightSources Group is recognized worldwide for providing high quality fluorescent and ultraviolet lamps and lighting solutions.  We offer a wide selection UV lamps including Low Pressure Amalgam lamps and Medium Pressure UV lamps developed with proprietary technology. The lighting engineers at the LightSources Group represents the leading high-tech lamp designers available in the industry, offering custom-designed and solutions including custom phosphor blends to meet your disinfection requirements. 

The LightSources Group offers decades of experience, tight quality control and engineers with in-depth knowledge in developing effective germicidal solutions. Our UVC germicidal lamps are proven in air, water and surface sterilization applications worldwide. Contact us to learn how our UVC germicidal lamps benefit ballast water systems.

UV Sterilization Lamps That Outperform Comparable Lamps

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UV sterilization lamps are used worldwide to improve health and wellness with effective germicidal properties. UV radiation emitted at specific wavelengths of 254 nm instantly eliminates harmful microscopic organisms such as bacteria and viruses immediately upon exposure.  UV radiation emitted at 185 nm produces ozone, which is a natural air purifier and deodorizer, eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and foul odors from the air.

UVC germicidal lamps are used in many environments including residential, commercial and industrial air treatment systems.  UV lamps improve air quality in many environments including: 

  • Residential property
  • Commercial businesses
  • Industrial applications
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • HVAC air treatment systems

It is important to select high-quality UV lamps from a reputable lamp manufacturer to obtain long-lasting, effective UV air sterilization performance. LightSources is recognized worldwide as an authority on UV lamp engineering and manufacturing, supporting OEMs large and small with proven UV lamp solutions.

 

LightSources Offers Proven UV Germicidal Lamp Solutions

The LightSources Group offers a wide selection of proven UV germicidal lamps with custom designed engineering available to meet your specific needs.  We follow a strict quality policy according to our ISO9001:2015 registration and are committed to improved, first to market lamp solutions. We have developed industry leading proprietary technology and patented lamp products which outlast and outperform comparable lamps.

Our UVC light bulb products include:

Low Pressure Amalgam – our low pressure Amalgam lamps which deliver up to three times the UVC radiation over comparable lamps all maintaining consistent performance and fluctuating temperature environments. Our Amalgam technology is designed to provide consistent output in applications ranging from 4° to 40°C and in higher temperature environments. 

Low Pressure Mercury Lamps – our low-pressure Mercury lamps are available in various styles such as standard quartz, compact quartz, high output and soft glass. Our low-pressure Mercury lamp technology is proven to outlast comparable lamps delivering up to 13,000 hours of consistent performance.

Medium Pressure Ultraviolet Lamps (MPUV) – medium pressure UV lamps by LightSources are available with custom designed phosphor blends to meet specific application requirements.

Custom designed lamp components, sleeves and ballasts – the LightSources Group offers custom designed UV lamp components designed for maximum protection with optimum UV radiation exposure.

 

The LightSources Group offers proven UVC germicidal solutions with a wide range of specially designed UVC lamps and components.  We provide custom engineering and prototype solutions from skilled engineers who understand UV technology. Contact us to speak with an engineer and learn more about our high performance UV sterilization lamps.

UV Lamp Supplier for UV Curing Systems

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UV curing systems are used worldwide in a number of commercial and industrial applications.  UV curing lamps are proven to be highly effective at improving the adhesion of inks, varnishes and coatings as well as strengthening polymer products. Ultraviolet radiation alters the molecular structure of various polyurethane coatings and polymers such as plastics, epoxies and silicone glue. 

Ultraviolet radiation is highly effective, safe and offers the quickest cure time available compared to other methods such as heat and air drying. UV lamps cure polymers and coatings within seconds of exposure for extremely quick cycle times which improves productivity and profitability.

 

Benefits of UV Curing over Other Methods

UV curing offers many benefits over other methods of drying and curing polymers. With UV curing, the process is instantaneous which eliminates the potential for contamination with dust and airborne particles which can occur with air drying methods. UV curing also eliminates the possibility of evaporation which can leave an uneven surface and some processes. Ultraviolet curing processes drastically improve the quality of products with consistent and reliable results.

UV curing is much safer than using chemicals to cure polymers as there is no need to purchase, store or dispose of toxic chemicals. This provides a safer environment for employees and eliminates potential environmental contamination.  UV curing provides many benefits to commercial and industrial applications which include:

  • Quickest processing time for improved productivity
  • Safe handling and processes with no harmful by products
  • Improved quality with consistent and reliable results
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Cost savings over other curing methods

UV curing offers these benefits and many more over other curing methods. It is important to utilize the right type of UV lamps which emit the proper wavelength to maximize effectiveness and benefits.

 

LightSources Group Offers High Quality UV Curing Lamps

The LightSources Group is recognized worldwide as a leading global supplier of UV lamps and lighting solutions. Our skilled engineers partner with you to choose the best lamps for your process and offer custom design solutions to meet your application needs.  Our UV lamps are found in a multitude of applications including UVC germicidal processes such as UV air treatment and UV water sterilization systems.

The LightSources Group includes the most advanced lighting engineers available in the industry. We offer high-tech, custom design solutions including custom phosphor blends and prototype lamp products. Contact us to learn more about our UV curing lamp products and solutions.

UV Lamp Suppliers for In-Duct Air Purification

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In duct air purification systems are gaining popularity worldwide due to an increasing awareness of health concerns and government regulations.  UV air treatment systems for HVAC equipment is proven to significantly improve air quality to improve health and wellness in many commercial, industrial and residential applications. UVC germicidal lamps eliminate harmful contaminants from the air such as bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

UV In-duct air purification systems improve air quality for people in many environments such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Daycares
  • Industrial operations
  • Commercial properties
  • Residential homes

UV in duct air purification provides clean and healthy air to people in these environments and many others. Eliminating airborne germs is important in environments such as hospitals and nursing homes where people already have a compromised immune system.  It is important to select the right type of UV lamps for In-Duct HVAC air purification systems to achieve maximum air purification and sterilization with long-lasting effectiveness and energy efficiency.

 

LightSources Is a Leading UV Lamp Global Supplier

LightSources is a leading UV lamp global supplier offering a wide selection of UV lamps for use in a multitude of applications. Our UVC germicidal lamps are found in air purification and water sterilization systems worldwide.  We offer decades of experience in lighting engineers with in-depth understanding of ultraviolet technology.

The LightSources Group offers vast resources including a state-of-the-art glass factory and highly skilled engineers who design and develop first to market, patented lamps which outlast and outperform comparable products. We offer prototype solutions and custom designed phosphor blends to meet your application requirements.

LightSources offers the widest selection of UVC germicidal lamps for use in virtually any sterilization and purification system. Our lamps provide longer lasting, high-performance and energy efficient cost savings over comparable products. Contact us today to speak with an engineer about which UVC lamps are right for your UV air purification system.

Industry Trends Show an Increasing UV Lamp Market

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Industry trends show a steady increase in demand globally for UV lamps, which are specially designed to emit ultraviolet wavelengths within the spectrum of 10 nm to 400 nm. UV lamps are used in a number of applications such as:

  • UV germicidal lamps
  • UV air treatment systems
  • UV water treatment systems
  • UV curing lamps
  • UV tanning lamps
  • Phototherapy lamps

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the UV lamp market is expected to register a double-digit increase from the period of 2019 to 2024.  The biggest driver of the growth in the market is attributed to an increase in industrial development and government regulations.  

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region accounts for a large percentage of the UV lamp market where high demand for UV curing lamps is expected to increase along with industrial development.  UV germicidal lamps are used in UV air purification systems, UV water sterilization and are in demand in the food and beverage and healthcare sector industries worldwide.

Trends in Global Air Purification Market

The global air purification market alone is expected to experience a growth rate of more than 32% during the period of 2018 to 2024.  Global air purification includes all technologies such as:

  • High efficiency particulate air (HEPA)
  • Activated carbon technology
  • Negative ion technology
  • UV air purification technology

North America accounted for the highest market share of air purification systems in 2017, although air purification in automobiles is higher in APAC regions.  Automobile manufacturers and worldwide government agencies are working together to promote technologies that will reduce harmful, toxic air. Increasing health concerns, a growing population with an increase to urbanization are all factors which contribute to an increased demand of both water and air purification which includes UVC germicidal lamp technology.

LightSources Is a Valued UV Lamp Supplier

The LightSources Group is recognized worldwide as a valuable supplier in the UV lamp market, supporting OEMs large and small. LightSources is registered to ISO9001:2015 and follows a strict quality control policy throughout the entire organization.  The LightSources Group includes LightSources in the United States and China, LightTech in Europe and several valuable partner companies such as Voltarc, Cerlux and LCD Lighting. 

LightSources offers prototype design and development from skilled engineers who possess in-depth expertise with UV technology and radiation.  We offer a wide product line of all types of UV lamps with custom designed solutions available.  

LightSources is a leading manufacturer of UV lamps found worldwide in several commercial and industrial applications. We offer custom design solutions and exceptional customer support including prototype design and development. Contact us to see how the LightSources Group will improve your supply chain with high-quality UV lamps delivered on time and within budget.

How to Handle MPUV Lamps for Proper Use

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Medium pressure ultraviolet (MPUV) lamps are used in many applications worldwide such as UV curing processes and germicidal functions. LightSources and our European partner LightTech strive to deliver the best UV lamps available with proprietary technology developed through extensive research and development.  We are committed to providing the highest quality of lamps available which provide maximum effectiveness and energy efficiency.

Expensive Educational Materials for MPUV Lamps

We take our commitment a step further in offering extensive educational materials regarding the proper use and function of all UV and fluorescent lamps.  LightSources provides exceptional customer service including a wealth of information available in the form of printable downloads, lamp design drawings, FAQs and tips for the proper use and handling of all lamps.  

Proper Handling of MPUV Lamps

MPUV lamps in particular must be handled with care and anyone working with MPUV lamps should be well educated on the proper safety procedures.  It is important to wear a clean wrapper or cotton gloves, to handle lamps only when they are cold and to avoid touching the lamp with bare hands.  In the event a lamp is accidentally touched you should clean the exterior of the lamp with oil free alcohol to remove all skin oils.

You can extend the life of MPUV lamps by avoiding excessive lamp starts, particularly cold starts, and starting the lamps in the high power setting. Keeping your lamps and all ancillary lighting equipment clean with proper ventilation is important to maximize performance and longevity. Make sure that all of your lamp connections are secure, clean and routinely replace reflectors and any required components.

Safety is the number one concern when handling MPUV lamps and all operators should be aware that UV rays emitted from Mercury lamps may be harmful to human tissue. Avoid looking directly at UV lamps while operational and remember that reflected UV light could be harmful as well as direct light exposure. Use ozone producing lamps only in well ventilated areas and be sure to review our educational materials available on the handling and proper use of all UV lamps.

LightSources is committed to providing high-quality fluorescent and UV lamps which outlast and outperform comparable products. We believe in providing the right educational materials to maximize your understanding of UV radiation and safe handling of UV lamps. Contact us for all of your lamp requirements and with any questions regarding the proper handling, use and function of UV lamps.

Learn More about UV and Fluorescent Lamp Technology

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The LightSources Group consists of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty fluorescent and ultraviolet (UV) lamps, providing lighting solutions to a multitude of applications. LightSources in the United States and China combined with LightTech in Europe, which is home to a modern, state-of-the-art glass factory, as well as several partner companies provide first to market, patented lamp solutions which outperform comparable lamps. Our partner companies include Voltarc, LCD Lighting and Cerlux which mirror our commitment to quality, education and customer service.

Voltarc leads the industry in architectural and signage lighting solutions, LCDL offers specialty fluorescent lamps for many applications including avionic display and backlighting found in aircraft and military defense including the NASA space shuttle while Cerlux offers custom ceramic lamp components and sockets. Together, we offer lamps and lighting solutions for any application and a wealth of knowledge that we share in our educational resources available online.

Educational Resources for All Lighting Technology Applications

Our educational resources section includes FAQs and downloads in an easy to understand glossary of terms for all types of lamps including:

We offer detailed information available for download such as material safety data sheets, how to handle various lamps and broken lamps, education on UVC technology, lamp drawings and custom designed request forms. Additional resources  include Accredited Lab information on testing and regulations related to tanning lamps, as well as troubleshooting tips and a Resources and Partner section. 

The LightSources Group is committed to delivering the most effective and efficient lamps available as well as providing the most knowledgeable customer service for all lamp industry applications. We partner with OEMs large and small to help you understand industry-specific organizations, regulations and how to achieve maximum performance with cost effective, customized lighting solutions.

LightSources, LightTech and our affiliated partner companies represent the leading high-tech lamp designers and manufacturers available in the industry today. We offer the widest selection of lamps and lighting products found worldwide as well as an in-depth understanding of lighting technology to deliver the finest customer service. Contact us for all your lamp and lighting solutions and with any questions on lighting technology.