UV Treatment for Ships Ballast Water

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UV treatment for ships ballast water is providing a solution to the new requirements of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC). New requirements are taking effect in September of 2017, enforced by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). The MEPC is a division of the IMO, the International Maritime Organization which is a global effort of the United Nations.

Treatment of ballast water in ships is imperative to the survival of our oceans as we know them. When ships take on ballast water for stability of the vessel, they often release it into foreign waters in another region, which can have devastating effects. As has happened in several oceans around the world, when marine organisms consisting of bacteria, viruses, and some small sea creatures are released into a foreign environment they can invade and destroy the current eco-system.

Some devastating consequences of the invasion of foreign marine life have resulted in diminishing a once dominant fishing industry into a ghost town, and in some cases toxic red algae actually causing death of most marine life and some humans.

Methods of Treating Ballast Water

Of the three methods for treating ships ballast water, UV germicidal lamps are providing a safe, effective, and cost-efficient method. Some systems may use filtration, but this is not always effective as some bacteria are so small filters are not reliable. Some methods use chemicals, but this requires constant maintenance and can cause corrosion of equipment and require dichlorination.

UV treatment is becoming the popular choice for effectively eradicating harmful organisms. UV light, with wavelength emittance of an effective 254 nm (nanometer) provides effective germ killing solutions with low maintenance.

LightSources Provides Solutions to Ship Manufacturers

LightSources has partnered with the largest suppliers of water treatment systems for the shipping industry, enhancing performance with cost reduction. Our germ-killing lamps use the most effective amount of ultraviolet transmission, promoting the most absorption and completely eliminating microbial organisms. Contact the experts at LightSources to learn more about UV applications for ballast water treatment systems.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux 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 air treatment systems that provide industries a way to disinfect and improve the quality of air without the need for toxic chemicals.  

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UV Lamps Used in Various Industries

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UV technology is a process used in various applications. Ultraviolet light has several qualities at various wavelengths, and many industries are harnessing the power of UV lamps creating better products with cost effective methods.

UV Curing Used in Automaker’s Processes

Automotive manufacturers realize the benefit of using UV curing to treat polymers such as varnishes, inks and specialty resins. When treating their products, various automotive parts, a photochemical process occurs that creates tougher, more stain resistant parts with a hardened or glossy finish.

Using UV lamps provides automakers with an advantage of curing many parts at one time. Parts can be moving from one area to another on a conveyor while simply curing their product before the next process.   This is a seamless and very low labor intensive process, thus saving money.

UV Curing Lamps Used in Printing Processes

UV light can instantly dry and harden inks on various paper products including corrugated materials, providing a smooth glossy surface. This method of curing printing products provided added benefits over heat induced infrared drying by instantly drying inks which prevents them from shrinking, or having an uneven finish.

UV Lamps for Sterilization of Medication Equipment

UV radiation provides effective germicidal treatment of medical equipment including syringes, dialysis machines and equipment, test strips, hearing aids and many other products, devices and surfaces.

UV Treatment of Air and Water

UV air purification systems are used in several settings, especially those requiring a clean and sterile environment such as hospitals. UV lamps are effective at removing harmful contaminants from the air, reducing the chance of transmitting airborne illnesses and making it easier for some people to breathe.

UV lamps are used in water treatment systems as a very effective and safe method of removing harmful bacteria, viruses and microorganisms. UV radiation provides safe drinking water in public areas, and is used in the shipping industry world-wide for eradicating harmful seawater organisms in ship ballast water.

These are just a few examples of the various industries that are utilizing the benefits of UV light in their products and process applications. Contact the experts at LightSources today for more information.

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 large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

TriLight Max™ Lamps Provide Long Lasting High Performance

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Voltarc, LightSources strategic partner, utilizes our proprietary LongLife™ technology in their TriLight Max™ T8 and T12 specialty fluorescent lamps.   TriLight Max lamps add great value in any application as they can last up to six times the life of standard bulbs, and are compatible with most current fittings, making it easy to replace and fit into your current system.

Voltarc’s TriLight Max lamps outperform the competition with an estimated useful life of 60,000 hours for the T8HO, which is six times more than standard lamps, while the T12HO lamps have a useful life of 50,000 hours, still five times the standard lamps on the market. Both our T12 and T8 lamps provide energy efficiency of 25 – 40 % respectively over comparable bulbs, and require less maintenance and replacements, providing immediate return on investment.

While the LongLife patented technology provides hassle-free maintenance, our expert blend of tri-band phosphors provides extraordinary color. Our proprietary technology delivers exceptional vibrant colors that last throughout the long life span of our bulbs.

TriLight Max LongLife™ bulbs are available in various lengths and shapes, including extra-long and the Tufbend U-Bend style. For more in-depth information, and a detailed list of TriLight Max lamp specifications and availability please see our website, or contact an expert engineer at LightSources for a solution to your lighting needs.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux 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. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.

LightSources Promotes Green Operations

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LightSources is a global leader in lighting solutions, providing world-class products while promoting green operations. LightSources is committed to continual improvement of our products and processes, developing and providing energy efficient products, and utilizing while improving upon recycling technologies.

By constantly improving our products, we have expanded the life of our lamps, thus reducing waste. LightSources has several patents and proprietary products, leading the way in new and improved lighting solutions.   Our proprietary LongLife™ technology is a one result of this continual research and development by our engineers and designers.

LightSources believes in protecting our environment by providing training and awareness to all employees, and complying with all regulatory agencies and mandates for environmentally friendly practices. We are proud to comply with the Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive for recycled products, a European directive for the collection, recycling and recovery for all electrical goods, that became European Law in February of 2003.

All processes at LightSources group are with green technologies, recycling all products used at our own recycling facility, in compliance with WEEE. Anything that cannot be recycled on our site is transported to a viable recycling center, Electro Cord, where they are disposed of properly.

LightSources has developed and implemented improved processes that use lead free phosphors, and measured mercury pellets for environmentally friendly and controlled processes. We promote energy efficient, green technologies in all aspects of our glass and lamp manufacturing in all facilities around the globe.

As a world leader in UV lamp applications for various industries including UV curing, UV sterilization in water, air and medical applications, and specialty fluorescent lighting solutions in computers, avionics and neon signs, The LightSources Group places the highest value on preserving our planet and improving the lives of all individuals world-wide.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions. Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

 

LongLife™ Technology Expands Lamps Life Span

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LightSources and our European partner LightTech have developed patented LongLife™ technology, enhancing performance and expanding the life span of our UV bulbs.  LongLife™ proprietary coating is applied to all UV germicidal lamp products, extending average life span to 16,000 hours, compared with 9,000 hours for the average comparable lamp.

Not only does our LongLife™ technology extend the life span of our lamps, it provides for consistent performance exhibiting superior effectiveness throughout the extended life span of the bulbs.  This specialty designed coating not only extends the life span, it aids the bulbs in burning more efficiently.

Another benefit of LightSources and LightTech’s technology is that it is environmentally friendly, which is an important part of our company’s philosophy. LightSources and our affiliate companies around the globe promote green operations, adhering to all regulatory mandates and leading the way with new and improved green technologies.

Since LongLife™ lamps last longer they help to reduce the number of bulbs sent to recycling facilities.   In addition, our patented technology allows us to use low mercury levels, less than 5 mg of mercury (Hg), and less than 10 mg Hg on our patented amalgam lamps. To compare, an average competitor’s amalgam lamps contain 30+ mg Hg.

LightSources partners with OEMs large and small to provide innovative, energy efficient lighting solutions.  We provide standard lamp sizes or custom designed solutions built to your specifications. We encourage you to contact us for more information about our cutting-edge technology.  Your company can save both time and money with our LongLife™ lamps that require less frequent replacements and improved end-of-life performance.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

LCD Lighting Provides Custom Fluorescent Solutions

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LCD Lighting, a LightSources strategic partner, is a global leader in specialty fluorescent lighting products. LCD Lighting (LCDL) is a leading supplier of various miniature fluorescent lamps used all over the world in a multitude of products and applications. Working with OEMs large and small, LCDL can provide custom designed expert solutions for virtually any miniature lighting requirement.

LCD Lighting provides hot-cathode (HCFL) and cold cathode (CCFL) fluorescent lamps for numerous applications. The HCFL lights utilize a filament and are used for business purposes including lighting in scanners, copiers and vision systems. LCD’s hot-cathode lineup includes tubular lamps ranging in diameter and length from the smallest size of T2 to T12, where T represents a tubular light and the number stands for an eighth of an inch, i.e. a T8 is eight eights of an inch, or exactly 1 inch. Therefore, the largest size of T12 is 1 ½ inches in diameter. HCFL lights are also used in medical devices, graphic arts and outdoor signs.

The miniature CCFL lamps use an electrode instead of a filament, and are commonly used in various neon sign products in small bendable shapes. Our CCFL lamps range in diameter from 2mm to 10mm, and in lengths from 50 to 3050mm. These small lamps are often used as accent lighting in bendable shapes, while even smaller diameter lamps of 15mm and under are used as back lighting in avionic displays in commercial and military applications, vehicles, computers and even the NASA space shuttle.

Both hot and cold cathode lamps use mercury vapor to enhance the phosphor coating, emitting the proper amount of visible light.  LCD Lighting and the experts at the LightSources Group can customize a specialty fluorescent solution just for you, in any size, shape or color and wattage. As world leaders, LCDL’s products are made with patented proprietary technology, providing high performance with long lasting life. LCDL provides value added services of assemblies, and sub-assemblies produced to customer specifications.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, 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 to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

Food Safety through UVC Germicidal Treatment

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Ultraviolet light is a safe and effective FDA approved method of eradicating harmful contaminants in food and water. The next time you grab some fruit or vegetables from the grocer’s display as they’re laid out under ultraviolet light getting a nice misting of water, you may not realize that the food you are purchasing for your home is currently being sterilized for microbial organisms and bacteria. Ultraviolet light exposure at the proper wavelength in the UV spectrum provides effective irradiation of harmful bacteria and viruses.

This treatment of food, water and air sterilization is commonly used as an effective method to provide safe and clean products for human consumption. When exposed to UVC light in the range of 200 to 280 nm (nanometers), this germicidal range is effective at inactivating viruses and bacteria, while 254 nm is most effective at eradicating microbial organisms in food and water.

UVC germicidal lamps provide safe and effective methods for food suppliers to provide healthy food products. Not only is the food treated with UVC lights, but also the water used for treating the vegetables and food products, ensuring a clean environment all around. This method of sterilization is approved by the FDA, and is effective with all food products, including meats and sea foods, and working surfaces.

Many industries are using UVC germicidal treatment as an effective and cost-saving method of ensuring safety in their products, and a way of providing more effective germ killing results with no residual chemical use.

LightSources has extensive experience providing UVC lamps in all shapes and sizes for various germicidal applications. Short wave UVC radiation is provided in our low and medium pressure lamps, with proven effectiveness using patented technology. Contact the experts at LightSources to speak with our experienced engineers on how we can assist you with the most appropriate system for your requirements.

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 large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.