Expert Answers for Ultraviolet Radiation Technology

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The LightSources Group consists of the most advanced team of lighting experts in the industry, with a global presence from our vast resources to provide proven lighting solutions.  We employ highly skilled design engineers with in-depth knowledge of all things related to ultraviolet radiation technology, and superior lamp design.

Our partner company, LightTech in Europe utilizes a state-of-the-art glassworks factory where extensive research and development is conducted as part of our continual improvement efforts for innovative lighting technologies.  As part of our commitment to providing exemplary customer service, we offer educational resources for further education on UVC germicidal technology.

See the comprehensive education tab on our website with explanations on terminology, downloadable information, UVC germicidal technology, and answers to frequently asked questions.  The LightSources Group provides user friendly information to educate and familiarize you with common nomenclature, types and styles of lamps and components, performance expectations and factors that enhance or affect performance, methods of ower supply and the numerous areas of applications for UVC germicidal lamps.  Find more information on how UVC technology aids air, water and surface disinfection and sterilization.

The LightSources Group consists of leaders in the lighting industry with specialty lamps and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of ultraviolet (UV) technology.   Find more information on our exceptional affiliated partners from our Resources and Partners Page.   Our partner companies include: LCD Lighting, LightTech, Voltarc and Cerlux, all committed to excellence through innovative technology, research and development and continual improvement.

Downloadable .pdf documents are available with additional information and material safety data sheets for lamp components, including leaflets and drawings and guidelines for custom designed lighting solutions.   Peruse our Glossary of Terms to learn more about terms such as: spectral output, wavelength, nanometer, and specific terms such as Preheat Amalgam Horizontal High Output (PHHA).

If you want more information on UV rays and technology, characteristics of soft glass or UVC technology, let The LightSources Group further your education with our comprehensive knowledgeable education tab.

LightSources and our affiliated partner companies are recognized as leaders in the lamp and lighting industry, providing exceptional product and service with high performing ultraviolet technology.  Contact us today to speak with one of our highly skilled design engineers for more information on our proven lighting solutions.

LCDL Provides Custom Miniature Lighting Solution

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LightSources partner companies are the leaders in the lighting industry, offering lighting solutions and components for virtually any lighted application.  LCD Lighting (LCDL) is a valuable addition to the LightSources group, offering expert and proven solutions for miniature fluorescent lighting used in a multitude of applications.   LCDL works with OEMs of all sizes, providing custom solutions for virtually any lighting application requiring small miniature lighting.

Hot-Cathode Fluorescent Lamps

LCDL manufactures hot-cathode fluorescent lamps (HCFL) that utilize a filament, these HCFL lamps are used in copiers, scanners, and vision systems.   LCDL’s lineup of HCFL lamps provide a variety of sizes including T2 to T12, the letter T represents a tubular lamp and the number represents one eighth of an inch, making a T8 a tubular lamp in exactly one inch diameter whereas the T12 would be 1 ½ inches in diameter.  HCFL lamps are used in graphic art applications, outdoor signs and medical devices.

Cold-Cathode Fluorescent Lamps

LCDL produces cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) as well, which are bendable and common in neon signs.  These miniature lamps range in size with a 2mm to 10mm diameter, and up to 3050mm in length.  These miniature lamps are used as accent lighting, and smaller sizes of up to 15mm are used for back lighting in commercial and military applications in avionic displays, computers, vehicles and even space shuttles used in the NASA program.

LCD Lighting is an expert at manufacturing the perfect blend of mercury vapor to enhance the phosphor coating for vibrant long-lasting color.  LCDL can customize a specialty lamp to match the perfect fluorescent lighting solution for you, in virtually any size, wattage, color or shape.

LCD is the perfect addition to the LightSources group of industry leading lighting experts, providing mini fluorescent lighting solutions to your unique 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.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

Voltarc Valuable Addition to the LightSources Group

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The LightSources group consists of world leading lighting experts, and Voltarc is a valuable partner with experience in fluorescent signs for more than 75 years!  Voltarc joined the LightSources group in 2009, and provides a wide variety of specialty lighted signs in any shape or size.

Voltarc utilizes the latest in technological advancements to provide vibrant colors, with long lasting life even in unique sizes and shapes including U-lamp designs.   Their highly skilled staff is experienced with creating the perfect solution for your custom sign design.

Voltarc’s Specialty Sign Solutions include the following:

  • U-Lamps
  • Long lamps
  • Cup-Cathode Manufacturing
  • Neon Tubing
  • Fluorescent Lamp Signs

Voltarc conducts continual research and development improving their lamps for design and function, resulting in several proprietary and patented products.  Voltarc’s MaxLight™ provides extraordinary colors with maximum lumen output.

The TriLight™ Series provides 18,000 hours for the T8 and 12,000 hours for the T12 series, and come in standard lengths for easy fitting in your current systems.   Our TriLight and TriLight Max are high-performance, long lasting lamps requiring low maintenance.

Additional products from Voltarc include TruBend U-lamps, Xtra Long lamps, U-Lamps, Neon tubing, Masonite electrodes, TufStraight Lamps, Kulka Lampholders and various accessories, and wiring devices.

Voltarc employs skilled engineers to assist with the perfect design of your sign, displaying your logo and brand with the high level of quality that you deserve.  Voltarc is a valuable addition to the LightSources group, and an expert in their field, leading the industry of specialty fluorescent sign design and manufacturing.

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.

Valued Supplier to OEMs with Superior Lighting Solutions

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The LightSources Group started as a single location in Connecticut more than three decades ago and quickly grew to include partner companies and affiliates on three continents.  The LightSources Group is a valued supplier to many companies, OEMs large and small, located in more than 60 countries on 6 continents!  We understand the importance of delivering quality products, on time.

With global resources, the LightSources Group can meet just-in-time deliveries with Kanban systems catered to our customers’ specific requirements.  Utilizing detailed material resource planning forecasting methods, we maintain the correct amount of inventory to meet your deadlines with on time delivery.  LightSources can meet the deadlines of some of the largest and most demanding companies in the world.

LightSources has two locations, one in the United States and one in China, LightTech is our European partner with a state-of-the-art glass factory located in Hungary.  Our specialized glass factory utilizes modern equipment along with highly skilled engineers knowledgeable in all aspects of lighting solutions including fluorescent lamps and UVA/UVB/UVC solutions used in various industrial and commercial applications.

Our modern glass works factory allows for extensive research and development resulting in several patented and proprietary products, leading the industry with complex, specialized solutions for virtually any fluorescent or ultraviolet lighting solution.

LightSources produces and supplies specialized UV lamps for various applications including sterilization and purification of water, air and surfaces.  Our UV germicidal lamps are designed with the most effective wavelength for your specific application.  UV radiation is extremely effective at eradicating bacteria and viruses from water or air, thus eliminating harmful contaminants providing several health benefits.

The experts at LightSources have the knowledge, the expertise, and the resources to provide even the most demanding of OEMs around the globe with precise and effective lighting solutions.

LightSources in the U.S. and our strategic partner in Europe, LightTech 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 offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.

Customize Your Lamps with Unique Bases

 

 

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At The LightSources Group, you can truly have it your way!  When you want to customize your specialty fluorescent lamps used for your germicidal, tanning, or fluorescent lighting application, Cerlux has the solution for you.  Cerlux, a valued member of The LightSources Group, is a unique manufacturer with the ability to offer patented bases made specifically for your equipment.

By identifying your bases, matching sockets and lamp components with your unique logo, you can gain brand awareness and set yourself apart from your competition.   You can have your choice of a wide array of colors to choose from, or create your own custom color to perfectly match your logo or equipment.

Cerlux has the capability to produce your custom ceramic bases and sockets with either a manual hand-press, or a fully automated process, whichever your process calls for.  Cerlux has vast expertise in fabricating proprietary fittings and sockets, and all parts are tested in our facility before assembling and shipping to our customers.  Strict quality policies are followed throughout the manufacturing process, assuring that you receive the best product available, made with the finest of components and verified processes.

Quality Manufacturing of Lamp Bases and Sockets

Cerlux utilizes a stamping process to manufacture electric insulators, tips, washers, resistant grinding cylinders, and much more.   Part of the ceramic process includes firing, which is performed at very high temperatures of at least 1,000°C.    The heat from our kiln is actually recycled to heat our water and buildings, not wasting the energy or heat source used in our production operations.  Cerlux places a high value on energy efficiency, recycling and re-using resources whenever possible.   One final step in manufacturing ceramic bases is glazing which protects the ceramic surface of the products.  While a white glazing is a standard common choice, your color options are endless with Cerlux’s unique ability to custom match your colors.

Contact The LightSources Group today to find out how you can gain your competitive advantage with custom designed and manufactured lamps bases, sockets and components.

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.

Peace of Mind Protection with ProTech Shatterproof Technology

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LightSources and European partner, LightTech, offers superior lighting products with advanced technology such as our patented Shatter ProTech shield.  ProTech is a result of continual research and development, resulting in superior performing products while improving the safety of all products.

Our shatterproof technology is designed to contain hazardous glass and mercury that can contaminate food supplies or leave shattered shards of glass in the case of breakage.  This technology can be applied to virtually all of our bulbs, in any size or shape including circular, linear, compact PL’s and U-Shaped, and much more.

The ProTech shatterproof sleeve does not inhibit UV transmission, and is a cost-effective shield of protection.  ProTech safely protects workers when UV lights are used in industrial settings, and protects consumers in food and beverage setting such as a grocery store or foot buffet.  ProTech can also be used in air and water purification systems such as municipal drinking water treatment facilities and freshwater marine fish applications.

Our patented technology complies with all state and local food safety regulations and is also FDA approved, providing added assurances to your process.  Peace of mind, environmentally friendly, long lasting effective protection; the benefits are clear; ProTech adds value to your lighting solution.

Added Protection Desirable in the Food Industry

By utilizing our patented ProTech technology in the food industry including restaurants and grocery stores, consumers are protected while also safeguarding consumable goods against contamination.  This shatter proof technology ensures safety whenever germicidal UVC lamps are used, preventing contamination in meat cases, salad bars, bakeries and dessert cases.

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.

LightSources Partners with Small and Medium Sized OEMs

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The term OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. When you stop to think about the number of items that us multi-tasking humans use during any given day, you would realize that for every physical item you hold in your hand, there were probably several OEM’s contributing parts for the finished product. Whether it’s a cell phone, a laptop or tablet, or a flashlight – Manufacturing is big business.

Every industry has large corporations in their supply chain, but it’s the contribution of small businesses (defined as a business with less than 500 employees) that is the lifeblood of the US Economy. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99% of all employer firms, 44% of all US private payroll, and generate 64% of new jobs. Entrepreneurship is alive and strong, and while many small companies strive to acquire more market share, they must also receive the same level of service from their suppliers.

Here at the LightSources Group, we realize the challenges for small OEM’s to access the same advantages as their larger competitors, and we delight in partnering with small and medium sized OEMs to custom design and produce specialty lamps for various industrial applications.

We offer combined resources of multi-national corporations: LightSources in the US & China, our European Partner LightTech, our affiliated company LCD Lighting, and strategic partnerships with Voltarc and Cerlux for various lighting components in standard or custom designs. We specialize in providing you with custom designed proprietary products to match your innovative ideas.

We offer a broad product line including:

  • Specialty fluorescent UVA and UVB lamps
    • Used in backlighting applications in computers, avionics, and NASA’s Space Shuttle
  • Low and high pressure tanning lamps
  • UVC lamps used for:
    • Polymer curing
    • Germicidal applications including air and water purification systems
  • Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps with patented technology

This is a short list of some of the products and their applicable uses that LightSources provides.

We are a solution based corporation, and proven leaders in research and development, manufacturing, assembly and distribution of lighting solutions large and small, standard or custom built, for small to medium sized OEM’s worldwide.

The LightSources group is a valuable addition to your supply chain, no matter the size of your business.

LightSources and its affiliated companies are global leaders in lighting solutions for multitude of applications. We partner with OEMs of any size to design, engineer and mass-produce new types of proprietary and specialty lamps cost-efficiently and with short turnaround. Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

Knowledge is Power – See our Education Tab for Valuable Information

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LightSources and all of our affiliates; LightTech, LCD Lighting, Voltarc and Cerlux, are committed to providing exceptional customer service not only with our products, but with a valuable intangible asset – knowledge. You will find an EDUCATION tab on each section of lamp styles, for additional comprehensive information related to that specific type of light.

Within this section, you will find downloadable .pdf documents on a variety of topics including: handling of broken lamps, material safety data sheets on all of our components, education on germicidal lamps including drawings, leaflets and current marketing material, a helpful form for designing your own custom lighting solution, and much more.

You will also find a General FAQ section, for answers to questions such as:

Are UVC Rays harmful to humans?

How does UVC work as a germicide?

What are the characteristics of soft glass?

…And many additional frequently asked questions.

The Glossary of Terms can explain such terms as Nanometer, Wavelength, and Spectral Output. A description of the various nomenclature used are also explained, so when you see PHHA, you’ll know that it means Preheat Amalgam Horizontal High Output, and you can quickly check our nomenclature section for an explanation of that and any other terminology you would like further explanation on.

Additional information is also available for all of our partner companies, including their website, contact information, and industry-specific organizations. The LightSources group strives not only to provide you with state-of-the-art customizable lighting solutions, but also to educate and share our vast conglomerate of knowledge and resources.

If you have any questions regarding a lighting solution, please visit our Education section, or feel free to pick up the phone and call one of our experts first hand. As world leaders in providing superior lighting solutions, we aim to please and providing exemplary customer service above all else, is our number one goal.

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.

Learn More about our European Glassworks

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LightSources and our European partner are the world’s top designers, engineers and manufacturers of innovative, high-tech lighting solutions. One reason we are able to offer our customers the flexibility of short runs and quick turnaround times is we own and operate one of the most advanced glassworks in Europe. Located in Dunakeszi, Hungary, our state-of-the-art facility opened in 2001 and provides us the ability to manufacture open, closed, FS and germicidal glass. Our proprietary SolGlass® is also manufactured here.

Our customers have come to know they can rely on us. Our abundant resources allow us to not only control the whole process involved in manufacturing the four major glass types used in most lamps, but to efficiently supply the products our clients need, when they need them. Within our twenty-acre facility, we have internal chemistry and phosphor capabilities that offer clients a range of proprietary and fully customized lighting solutions.

The germicidal soft glass we produce is our most open glass and allows for the highest UV transmission (91%). It is used in a number of applications to treat and sterilize air, water, and surfaces from bacteria, viruses and pathogens.

Our open glass is commonly used in tanning applications in North America. At 297nm, it offers approximately a 35% transmission and allows a balanced ratio of UV-A and B light to pass through the glass. LightTech’s closed glass is the most popular choice of the European tanning industry. It emits more UVA, while at the same time, offers the least amount of UVB energy.

The FS Glass produced at the Dunakeszi facility is used for dermatological purposes to treat specific skin conditions. The properties of FS glass are right between open and closed glass and use a very narrow band phosphor for pure UV-B lamps.

Another type of glass exclusively produced at our facility is SolGlass®. This proprietary glass offers the most significant innovation in tanning since the sun and is based on the combination of new glass technology and a proprietary phosphor blend. SolGlass® is a prime example and result of the combined research and development efforts of both our North American and European operations. See our website to learn about LightSources and LightTech glass.

LightSources and our affiliated companies are 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 and offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Please contact us to learn more our innovative and cost-effective line of specialty lighting.  

The Technology behind UVC Germicidal Lamps

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Our commitment to LightSources and LightTech’s clients goes beyond designing, engineering and manufacturing a wide range of premium germicidal UVC lamps.   We want to make sure our customers know how our lamps are designed, the materials we use, and the manufacturing process.

While any of our team is always ready to answer questions, we also make it easy to access a whole lot of information right on our website including how germicidal UVC technology works. In addition we provide answers to a range of questions such as how to handle broken lamps, the proper disposal method for mercury-added lamps, UVC germicidal lamp drawings, and much more.

Under our educational section for UVC germicidal lamps, we offer a Germicidal Lamp Basics report that explains in depth what a germicidal lamp is and how it is works. Information includes defining a germicidal lamp as:

A UV (ultra-violet) lamp that emits a significant portion of its radiative power in the UV-C Band (100 to 280nm).

  • Ozone producing UV lamp that produces UV energy of wavelengths shorter than 220nm that decomposes oxygen, O², producing ozone, O³.
  • A low-pressure mercury lamp in which the envelope has high transmittance for 254nm radiation.

The publication further explains how the lamps generate energy in the UV spectrum to effectively destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses (microorganisms). The UV disinfection targets genetic material to get to the nucleic acids. Once the UV penetrates through the cell and is absorbed by the nucleic acids, a rearrangement of the genetic information occurs that interferes with the cell’s ability to reproduce. If a cell loses the ability to reproduce, it is considered dead and unable to multiply to infectious numbers within a host.

When you choose LightSources and LightTech as your manufacturer, keep in mind that almost everything about our lamp can be customized, including length and diameter, power, fitting sockets, and ceramic bases. Our proprietary ceramic bases are resistant to UVC radiation, ozone, heat and moisture and provide a high-quality appearance. Please contact us to learn more about UVC germicidal lamps and other UV light applications.

LightSources and its affiliated companies represent the best high-tech designers and manufacturers in the specialty lamp manufacturing industry. From prototype to finished product, we offer unmatched flexibility and manufacturing turnaround. Please contact us to learn more about our cost-effective solutions for UVC germicidal lamps and our other specialty lighting.