High-Tech Glass for Virtually Any Lamp

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LightSources’ strategic European partner, LightTech, owns and operates one of the most advanced glassworks in Europe. The ultra-modern facility, located in Dunakeszi, Hungary, was opened in 2001 and manufactures and sells open, closed, FS and germicidal glass along with our proprietary SolGlass®. The plant allows us to control the entire process, and our customers benefit by our ability to offer short runs and quick turnaround with the upmost quality control.

By manufacturing the four major glass types used in most lamps, our customers can readily obtain the products they need whether it is general lighting or our specialty tanning, dermatological, and ultraviolet germicidal lamps. Our twenty-acre facility has internal chemistry and phosphor capabilities, which means we can also provide clients customized and proprietary lighting solutions.

LightTech’s Closed Glass is a popular choice in the tanning industry especially throughout Europe. It emits more UVA and offers the least amount of UVB energy. In North America, Open Glass is more commonly used in tanning applications. With 297nm and approximately a 35% transmission, it offers a more balanced ratio of UV-A and B light to pass through the glass.

Another type of glass produced at our manufacturing facility is FS Glass, which is used for dermatological purposes to treat specific skin conditions. Its properties are right between open and closed glass and uses a very narrow band phosphor for pure UV-B lamps.

Our Germicidal Soft Glass is used in applications to treat and sterilize air, water, and surfaces from bacteria, viruses and pathogens. This is the most open glass and allows for the highest UV transmission of 91%. The other type of glass produced at the glasswork facility is our SolGlass®, which is based on the combination of new glass technology and a proprietary phosphor blend.

LightSources and our strategic partner LightTech, along with our affiliated companies, represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Please contact us to learn more about our extensive selection of lamps.

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Study on Effectiveness of UVC Lamps Used for Sterilization

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The PYHS.ORG website recently cited a study out of Washington State University that looked at the effectiveness of UVC lamps on sterilizing organic fruits and vegetables. It showed that ultraviolet C (UVC) light does destroys foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruit. Their complete report is published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

Reacting to a concern from organic food growers regarding safe alternatives to chemical sanitizers, a team of WSU food safety scientists started a study using UVC light, which has shorter wavelengths than UV-A or B light. One of the researchers, Shyam Sablani explains, “UVC radiation is present in sunlight; however, it is completely absorbed by the ozone layer and Earth’s atmosphere.” He went on to say that, “It has germicidal properties and can be effective against bacteria, mold and viruses.”

To determine how effective the UVC light destroyed listeria and E. coli, fruits such as apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries and cantaloupe were exposed to various doses of the light. Results showed that the UVC light inactivated up to 99.9 percent of pathogens on smoother skinned fruit such as apples and pears but only 90 percent of pathogens on the rough-surfaced fruit. They also discovered that listeria was more UVC resistant than E. coli. More studies are being done to find ways to increase the effectiveness of UVC light on fruits with rough surfaces but overall the scientists felt that UVC technology is promising.

LightSources along with our European partner, LightTech, offer a wide range of high-quality standard and custom-designed UV germicidal lamps and components. We provide OEMs of any size the benefits of our unique, proprietary solutions that have been developed specifically for germicidal applications. Our lamps are used in applications for: sewage treatment, purification of municipal and domestic drinking water, food processing and protection (irradiation), water reclamation, HVAC air sterilization, and odor control.

LightSources and our affiliated companies, LCD Lighting, Voltarc along with strategic partners LightTech, and Cerlux represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used worldwide and are found in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Please contact us for more information.

Source:phys.org/news/2015-07-uv-foodborne-pathogens-fruits.html

UV Curing Lamps – Industries’ Preferred Choice

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As global leaders, LightSources and European partner, LightTech, design and manufacture high-tech UV curing lamps that are quickly becoming the preferred choice for many industries. UV curing lamps are a cost-effective alternative to heat-cured inks and are easy to operate and maintain. They are used to cure UV-light activated inks, bonds, adhesives and finishes such as lacquers, glazes and varnishes. LightSources and LightTech lamps are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities and are constructed from the highest quality materials.

The three primary types of UV curing lamps we manufacture are high pressure UV (HPUV), medium pressure UV (MPUV) and amalgam lamps. As a customer, you will have a selection of standard as well as customized lamps, and we will assist you with designing a system that meets your curing application requirements. In addition since LightSources’ lamps are compact in design, it makes retrofitting easy. Also our curing lamps are not only energy-efficient but are long-lasting as well.

In a UV curing lamp, the ultraviolet light creates an invisible electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength shorter than visible light, but longer than x-rays. With a wavelength range of 10 nanometers (nm) to 400nm, the UV light is emitted by electric arcs and used for actinic purposes such as to produce chemical reactions. When the proper intensity of UV light is used, a chemical reaction occurs that produces a byproduct that hardens the resin. While this technology is most commonly used for curing or drying chemical compounds, inks and coatings, it is also recently being used to inactivate microorganisms (bacteria).

UV curing lamps are used in many different industries such as automotive, industrial, electrical, medical and optical. Please see our website to learn more about how this innovative technology may be helpful to your business.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Please contact us to learn more about our extensive selection of lamps.

Customized Lampholders and Wiring Devices

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As a part of the LightSources group, Voltarc is the leading manufacturer of fluorescent and neon lighting components for the signage industry. Our range of products includes specialty fluorescent lamps and ultraviolet curing lamps along with electrical lampholders and wiring devices. Whether you need standard lamps for very basic signage or an entirely customized solution for an intricate, challenging project, we have the expertise to create a high-quality, high-performing system.

Voltarc’s customers benefit from the high-level of innovative engineering capabilities of our engineers. We take traditional, standard lamp design a step further with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and future-oriented technologies to give clients the finest products on the market. In addition our dedicated team offers exceptional service and support and we work diligently to ensure we provide you with the most energy-efficient solutions.

When it comes to lampholders and wiring devices, Voltarc’s customers get the best there is as we use the highly dependable Kulka brand to produce our lights. Together, Voltarc and Kulka bring more than 150 years of experience to the manufacturing of electrical wiring devices, quality fluorescent, high intensity discharge and incandescent lampholders; starter sockets and convenience outlets.

Kulka’s line of products includes Medium Bi-pin and Miniature Bi-Pin Lampholders, Slim Line Lampholders, and RDC (Recessed Double Contacts) Lampholders as well as miscellaneous components and accessories. This support from Kulka allows us to offer clients a total systems approach that helps to lower the total cost of the product.

Lampholders and wiring devices by Kulka are the top choice for sign professionals as no other products stand up to their performance. Kulka’s patented Dead Front housing design protects against ground faults by eliminating rivets in the face of the lampholder and completely isolating it from the ground. Contact us for information on how our engineers can assist you in the design and application of any of your current or brand-new products.

The LightSources group represents the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.

The Technology behind Our Proprietary SolGlass®

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 SolGlass® is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when two industry giants join forces. Used in fluorescent and tanning lamps, SolGlass® was created when LightSources and LightTech combined resources to develop this innovative, proprietary glass technology. Tanning customers get the most unbelievable results when using SolGlass® lamps and we consider it to be the most significant breakthrough in tanning since the sun.

Standard fluorescent and tanning lamps are inherently designed to filter out UV rays. To have an effect on the skin, the glass requires UV phosphors as well as a powerful wattage to blast enough UV rays through the tube’s built-in filter. The biggest problem with this need is that it degrades the performance and operating life of a standard lamp.

So how does the SolGlassTM technology work? Our proprietary “open” glass allows for a more effective and efficient UV transmission especially at wavelengths used for tanning that offer the best results. The LightSources’ lamp is the only one in the industry that contains this UVB spectrum as well as providing the highest UVA readings. Our 300nm technology permits more than 75% of the UVB energy to pass through while standard U.S. tanning lamps typically only allow around 36%.

Now with the invention of our SolGlass® unique glass technology and proprietary phosphor blend, the tanning industry can get lamps that offer instant gratification with immediate coloring as well as persistent pigmentation and lasting results. Furthermore, our lamps meet all U.S. regulations and are in alignment with European regulations including 0.3W/m2 sunbed or class 3 sunbed regulations. We also continue to receive positive feedback from end-users all around the world.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.

Offering OEMs Innovative Solutions Since 1983

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For over thirty years, LightSources, founded by Christian L. Sauska and his former partners, has offered OEM lamp designs and manufacturing that encompasses not only state-of-the-art technology, but exceptional service and support. Today, the LightSources group is a worldwide operation and consists of LightSources, LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech and Cerlux. Each of our companies represents the best in their specialty and we currently employ over 1,000 people.

Our North American headquarters are in Orange, Connecticut and three of our companies, LightSources, LCD Lighting, and Voltarc are located at the 3.5 acre facility. Here we handle all operations, including sales, general and administrative functions, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

At LightSources we are the world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing low pressure tanning and UVC quartz germicidal lamps. Our extensive portfolio includes UVC germicidal lamps, specialty UV lamps, low pressure fluorescent and high pressure facial tanning lamps, amalgam lamps, twist, dual and triple-phosphor tanning lamps, medical lamps, collagen fluorescent lamps, and other eco-friendly UV lighting solutions.

LCD Lighting, Inc. was founded in 1987 and designs, manufactures, and supplies specialty fluorescent lamps used throughout the world. Our specialty is avionic display backlighting and we produce cold and hot cathode fluorescent, scanning and illumination, sub-miniature, miniature, aperture and reflector lamps.

Voltarc joined the LightSources group in 2009 and has been a leader in the signage industry for over 75 years. As a manufacturer of fluorescent and neon sign lighting components, we have earned an excellent reputation for developing specialty fluorescent lamps, ultraviolet curing lamps and related electrical lampholders and wiring devices.

LightTech, our European strategic partner, has a similar portfolio as LightSources and is also regarded as a market leader. To round out our group, Cerlux is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom thin ceramic bases.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs. Please contact us for more information.

Take Advantage of our Custom Lamp Sub-assemblies

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As part of the extensive LightSources group, LCD Lighting, Inc. has the resources and proprietary manufacturing process to offer highly customized solutions to meet an OEM’s specific fluorescent lamp requirements. Our specialty is designing, engineering and manufacturing fluorescent lamps that are customized in everything from size, electrical, color, and shape. Furthermore, we offer custom ceramic end caps and our value-added lamp sub-assemblies (LSA) service.

OEMs benefit from our LSA service by getting both the convenience and cost savings of having the industry’s top experts produce fully assembled LSA units. These units are built according to your specifications and design drawings, and include components such as the lamp, wiring harnesses, connectors, heaters, sensors and reflective back plate or cavity.  Our proprietary and innovative specialty fluorescent technologies and specially-designed products provide clients with a measurable advantage in their respective markets.

LCD Lighting’s state-of-the-art ESD equipment and workstations are located in our new isolated clean room assemble area and allows us to assembly units that are electrostatic discharge free. With lower costs and faster turnaround, our service includes options such as: lamp heater, temperature sensor, optical sensor, thermoelectric cooler (TEC), wire harness assembly with or without connector, and reflective back plate or lamp cavity. It addition we follow the full LSA Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP).

We invite any of our clients that are already customers of LCD Lighting to take advantage of our experience, assembly acumen, and lower labor rates by having us assemble your LSA modules. The many advantages this service offers include reduced shrinkage, lower material inventories and improved cycle times. In addition we give you a fully-tested module to “plug-and-play” into your system. Contact us for more information about our comprehensive services.

LightSources, together with our affiliated companies, represent the foremost high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. LCD Lighting, our leading affiliate in fluorescent lamps has designed and manufactured thousands of custom fluorescent lamps for nearly every type of OEM lighting application. Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom specialty lamps.

The Benefits of Reflector Fluorescent Lamps

 There are many instances where a reflector fluorescent lamp is the best choice to control the direction of light. Reflector lamps work by increasing the portion of the output from a 360° lamp into a highly focused direction. The lamp efficiently re-directs the light from the sides and back of the fluorescent tube to the non-reflector area of the lamp coating. In many applications this technology is used in conjunction with an external fixture (polished or metallic) that also acts as a reflector to direct the light to where it is most needed.

Reflector lamps are designed with a reflective coating between the outer glass and the phosphor coating, which helps to reflect most of the light and directs it through the clear, or uncoated, portion of the lamp. When it is combined with our effective fixture design, a reflector lamp can control the inherently uniform lamp output along the length of the fluorescent tube. Reflector lamps are ideal for industries that require light distribution to be optimally distributed. Common applications include flexographics, aquariums, and scanning and vision products among others.

Reflectors are most frequently used in linear T12 (38.1mm) lamps but can also be designed into a variety of lamp styles from straight to bent lamp geometry. Our reflector tubes have a reflective coating that covers 235 or 135 degrees of the interior with a phosphor coating over the inside of the entire tube. Generally they have an internal reflective coating of 180° to 235° of the inside of the glass envelope but custom reflector sizes can be made to order. The most common internal reflector is 180°.

LCD Lighting manufactures standard and custom aperture and reflector lamps from the highest-quality materials for scanners, copiers, facsimile machines, machine vision, sorting equipment for production lines and other imaging devices around the world. Our lamps have specially blended phosphor coatings to produce the required output in the visible to the ultraviolet range, as required by equipment manufacturers.

LightSources, together with our affiliated companies, represent the foremost high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. LCD Lighting, our leading affiliate in fluorescent lamps has designed and manufactured thousands of custom fluorescent lamps for nearly every type of OEM lighting application. Discover top-of-the-line service and exceptional products from one of the leading specialty lamp manufacturers.

State-of-the-art Signage Lighting

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The LightSources’ affiliate, Voltarc, designs, engineers, and manufactures indoor and outdoor signage as well as the wiring devices. As the industry’s leader, Voltarc’s products are available for a wide variety of hot, standard or cold applications. We create lamps that are used in signs for branding, exhibiting, retailing and merchandising, architecture, transportation and infrastructure, industrial applications and warehousing among others.

As part of the LightSources group since 2009, the Voltarc team is made up of the top engineers in the field who bring their expertise to produce custom-designed fluorescent sign lamps, neon tubing, long lamps, and U-lamps. Our innovative cup-cathode construction provides an unsurpassed electrical life and our lamps are an exceptional value with life ratings as high as 60,000 hours. This allows for a far lower cost of operation over the lifetime than with traditional T12 HO fluorescent sign lamps. Cup-cathode technology is also environmentally friendly. With extra-long life and easy interchangeability, our lamps make it easy to customize solutions for a sign-maker’s individual needs.

Did you know you can save money when you use Voltarc’s 9-foot and 10-foot lamps? These extra-long lamps are standard built in every way and can be used just like any other straight HO lamp. The benefit lies in the fact that they substantially decrease the number of lamps that would otherwise be needed and reduce labor costs for sheet metal work and wiring. Not only do extra-longs lower cost by reducing the number of ballasts and sockets that need to be installed and maintained but they also simplify maintenance and offer better performance.

We recommend using U-lamps when signage will be used to increase your profit making opportunity on the sign as well as to improve illumination. Our One TUFBEND® U-lamp offers cost savings by doing the work of two short straight lamps and result in fewer ballasts and sockets that must be purchased and installed. The enhanced illumination is a result of lamp ends being only inches apart in one raceway, not separated by feet. Single-ended lamp support also means less raceway work.

Another advantage to U-lamps is that they are ideal in tricky lighting situations. For example, regardless of configuration, they can provide illumination on any non-rectangular or odd-shaped frame such as a cowboy’s hat, a torch, an odd-shaped letter or a giant cactus.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our avionic display backlighting that is part of the National Defense and US Space Program. Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.

Customize Your Fluorescent Lamp’s Color

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LCD Lighting, one of LightSources affiliates and a leader in the specialty fluorescent lighting industry, offers OEM’s of any size the opportunity to fully customize a lamp including its size, electrical, color, and shape.   Working in conjunction with the extensive resources provided by the LightSources group, we also offer custom ceramic end caps and our value-added sub-assemblies service.

We know that color can play an important role in your application requirements, which is why we offer LCDL’s proprietary color rendering (CRI) with more rare earth tri-phosphors. This allows us to provide our customers with true and natural colors that are unmatched by our competitors. Our standard phosphors are available in a wide range of cool white, warm white, daylight, blue, green, red, ultraviolet, infrared, and tri-band.  Also we will blend our standard phosphors to match your exact color requirements within the visible spectrum.

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is used to describe how well a light source effectively renders colors. Using a numerical system, the CRI rates the “color rendering” ability of fluorescent light in comparison with natural daylight. Lamps with a low index of 50 do not render colors well, and lamps with a color rendering index of 80-95 are consider good to excellent. Natural daylight has a color index of 100 and is assigned to sunlight.

While we commonly hear from customers that is does not matter what color the light is as long as it is white, our vast experience has taught us that a slight variation in color can make a big difference in many applications. This is why LCD Lighting offers more than 100 different ‘shades of white’ to choose from. On our website you will find the 1976 C.I.E. U.C.S Chromaticity Diagram to help choose the best color for your application. Keep in mind if we do not already have an existing phosphor that matches your needs, we can create a custom blend for you.

The LightSources group represents the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. LCD Lighting, our leading affiliate in fluorescent lamps has designed and manufactured thousands of custom fluorescent lamps for nearly every type of OEM lighting application. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.