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.

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.

High-tech Backlighting Solutions

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LightSources’ affiliate, LCD Lighting (LCDL) is the leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing customized backlighting for LCD and AMLCD displays. Our miniature lamps are used in military and civilian aircrafts, shipboards, and vehicles as well as in vetronics, and computers. We are especially proud of the fact that our avionic display backlighting is used in the U.S. Space Program and the defense of our country.

The miniature lamps used in avionic displays and cabin backlighting generally require a multiple bend lamp configuration. These specialty lamps are used in backlight liquid crystal displays (LCD), indirect cabin lighting, passenger and crew reading lights, galley and lavatory lighting, entry lighting, cockpit applications, cargo areas, wing inspection lights, exterior emergency lighting, landing lights and many other locations. Furthermore, we are the long-standing partner and the sole manufacturer of miniature AMLCD backlight lamps used in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 passenger jet.

LCDL also designs and manufactures active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD) used in military vehicles. Our innovative technology combines lightweight, efficient power use with an extremely reliable performance. AMLCDs are used in flat panel displays, display equipment and prototype equipment.

As a customer of LCDL, you will benefit from our state-of-the-art AMLCD backlight technology that offers customized: optical light sources and filters/diffusers, mechanical reflective plates, tray or housing, and the best environment for thermal management, shock and vibration control. Also our lamp engineering and backlight design provides the optimal electrical power supply and system interfacing. Our capabilities include hot-cathode fluorescent lamps (HCFL) from 6.0mm to 20mm diameters and cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) from 2.0mm to 20mm diameters. You will find everything from straight, bent, serpentines or circles to interlocking lamp pairs, all with our precision glass bending and craftsmanship.

LightSources and our affiliated companies, Voltarc and LCD Lighting along with strategic partners, LightTech and Cerlux, offer outstanding service and exceptional products.   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.

Highest-quality Aperture Lamps

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While aperture lamps are similar in construction to internal reflector fluorescent lamps, the major difference is that an aperture reflector covers a larger portion of the circumference and has a clear window in the coating for the light to come through. This 30 or 60 degree clear glass opening is called the aperture and does not contain any phosphor. It concentrates the light in one direction in order to provide a higher intensity or brightness.

The reflective coating of an aperture lamp is 330 or 300 degrees and the phosphor coating covers just that area of the lamp. Since the intensity of the light increases with a decreasing aperture width, it is important to consider the size of the aperture surface. With our advanced precision technology, we can produce lamps with an aperture width as small as 2 millimeters wide.

While aperture lamps are used in applications such as scanners and imaging machines, a popular new use for aperture fluorescent lamps is for edge lighting in signs and displays. Since aperture lamps are inherently uniform along the lamp’s length, the smaller diameter lamps allow edge lit signs to be built efficiently and significantly brighter as well as slenderer. They also do not create annoying light bands.

At LCD Lighting we are the foremost designer and manufacturer of both standard and custom aperture and reflector lamps. Our products are made from the highest-quality material and used in applications such as scanners, copiers, facsimile machines, machine vision, sorting equipment for production lines and other imaging devices. In addition we specialize in avionic display backlighting and manufacture a wide range of specialty fluorescent lighting. Our portfolio includes cold and hot cathode fluorescent lamps CCFL / HCFL, backlight lamps and assemblies, aperture and reflector lamps, compact lamps, sub miniature lamps and HID‐MPUV lamps.

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. Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom specialty lamps.

Looking for the Best High-tech Tanning Lamps?

LightSources along with our European partner, LightTech are one of the most experienced and fastest-growing tanning lamp manufacturers in the world. Our lamps set the industry standards with superior performance and a longer life span. Furthermore, as a global operation, we are up-to-date on the specific standards and requirements which differ in the many countries we serve and work to exceed them at every opportunity.

Our portfolio includes our proprietary A-PowerTM, SolGlass® and Peak2 Technology® as well as the Combi, Dual, and Tri-phosphor tanning lamps. Knowing that tanning requirements vary from person to person, we were one of the first to offer a selection of tanning lamp strengths from 2.6UVB – 9.5UVB to guarantee there were a selection of choices for different customer preferences and skin types. Our tanning strengths are attained by varying the amounts of UVA and UVB in the lamp. This creates a range of lamps that are appropriate for people who always burn right through to those that never burn and are deeply pigmented.

The LightSources and LightTech’s proprietary A-Power™ technology gives high pressure effects to low pressure tanning lamps. These new lamps now make it easier for more tanning salons to offer the type of tan that in the past only salons operating with high pressure tanning units or high pressure facial tanning lamps could provide.

Another example of our industry leading innovations is SolGlass™, which represents the most technological advances in tanning since the sun. SolGlass™ is the combination of new glass technology and our proprietary phosphor blend with narrow-band UVA for immediate coloring and short-wavelength UVB for persistent pigmentation. In other words it provides both instant gratification and long lasting results. This technology is not found in any other lamp in the industry. Please see our website to learn more about our exclusive tanning lamp technology that includes Peak2®, Twist/Swirl, proprietary bases and MultiTone™.

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. The LightSources team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.