UV Water Sterilization Is Safe and Effective

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation provides powerful and highly effective sterilization with no harmful byproducts or side effects. UV technology is safe and effective at sterilizing surfaces, air and water in a multitude of germicidal applications. UV technology is utilized worldwide in many water treatment applications including:

  • Pools and spas
  • Municipalities
  • Water treatment plants
  • Drinking water
  • Aqua culture
  • Water reclamation
  • Life sciences
  • Ballast water treatment in ships

UV germicidal lamps are proven in these applications and many others to instantly and effectively eliminate harmful microorganisms, aqua marine organisms, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, mildew and many other contaminants.

UV Water Disinfection for Pool and Spa

Ozone producing germicidal lamps effectively sterilize and purifying water without the irritating side effects of chlorine. UV radiation is proven to eliminate harmful organisms that chlorine does not and purifies water 3,000 times quicker than chlorine. UV water sterilization is nonirritating, produces no taste, odor or color.

Drinking Water Sterilization

Eliminating harmful pathogens in drinking water is critical for public safety worldwide. UV water sterilization provides many benefits such as low operating costs, low maintenance and ease-of-use. UV germicidal lamps do not alter the pH, odor or taste of water.

UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems

Recent regulations require all ships traveling through international waters to have an onboard ballast water treatment system.  Contaminated ballast water is one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of the oceans by transporting and releasing invasive species in foreign ports. Ultraviolet ballast water treatment systems meet the requirements of the most recent Ballast Water Management Convention and US Coast Guard requirements.

LightSources Offers UV Water Sterilization Solutions

LightSources is recognized worldwide as a leading global authority and supplier of UV lamps and lighting solutions. We are committed to research and development, providing first to market, patented UV solutions which deliver high-performance and cost saving efficiencies. LightSources is registered to ISO9001:2015 and dedicated to delivering high quality lamps to a multitude of industries worldwide. Our skilled lamp and lighting engineers provide custom designed lamps to meet specific requirements, with custom phosphor blends, bases and components.

The LightSources Group is dedicated to continual improvement to deliver cutting edge, innovative lamp products that outperform the competition.  We offer the world’s leading high-tech lamp designers and engineers available. Contact us to learn more about our UV germicidal lamp solutions for safe and effective water sterilization solutions.

 

Psoriasis Patients Find Relief with UV Phototherapy

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Phototherapy is also referred to as light therapy and is proven to be successful treating many medical conditions. Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are prescribed to patients with various ailments including many skin conditions such as acne, eczema, jaundice, vitiligo and psoriasis. Light therapy is also used to treat mood disorders such as sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and depression.

It is important to receive phototherapy under the care of a physician and to use the right type of phototherapy lamp.  Not all lamps are made the same and the right type of UV emission is necessary to provide the proper treatment for health conditions. Using the wrong type of lamp could even make symptoms worse.  The right type of phototherapy lamp used under the care of a physician is proven to provide relief to many patients suffering from these many conditions.

 

UVA and UVB Phototherapy Lamps Treat Psoriasis

Ultraviolet radiation is measured by wavelengths and divided into three categories of UVA, UVB and UVC light.  Ultraviolet emissions in the UVB range is used to treat psoriasis and is helpful in slowing down cell production of new skin, which allows skin cells to heal. UVA light therapy may also be helpful although must be prescribed with a medication called psoralen which helps the skin to absorb the UVA emissions.  This treatment is referred to as PUVA treatment for psoriasis. Psoriasis patients may expect to see relief from phototherapy in as little as a few weeks to a few months. 

 

LightSources Offers Quality Phototherapy Lamps

The LightSources Group is a leading global supplier of high quality, high tech lamps and lighting solutions.  Our highly skilled engineers possess in-depth knowledge of lamp design, construction and UV radiation. We offer a wide selection of UV phototherapy lamps, UVC germicidal lamps and offer custom design solutions to meet specific requirements.

The LightSources group is a recognized leader in UV and fluorescent lamp solutions, offering patented products designed with cutting edge technology. We design, engineer and manufacture UV phototherapy lamps for effective medical treatment. Contact us to speak with an engineer and learn more about our vast product line and custom designed solutions.

Benefits of UV Curing Polymers

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

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

 

UV Curing Provides Advantages over Other Methods

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

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

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

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

 

LightSources Offers Proven UV Curing Solutions

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

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

How to Handle MPUV Lamps for Proper Use

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

Expensive Educational Materials for MPUV Lamps

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

Proper Handling of MPUV Lamps

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

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

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

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

High Pressure UV Curing Lamps Solutions

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a powerful source of energy used in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications. Ultraviolet light is a proven method of sterilization in water and air purification systems with instant germ killing effects. UV light is also used in curing processes to instantly bond, harden and strengthen various polymers.

UV curing lamps are used in many commercial manufacturing applications such as automotive, aerospace, medical and many more to strength and add durability to various products.  UV light instantly cures inks on many products for vibrant colors and permanent quality printing that will not wear off. UV curing lamps provide a smooth finish to lacquers, glazes and varnishes and improve cycle times with instant results.

With UV curing there is no need to wait for products to air dry which exposes them to dust, debris and evaporation leading to uneven finishes. UV curing improves quality, product cycle time, customer satisfaction and profitability.  

LightSources Offers Proven High Pressure UV Curing Lamps

Metal halide, high-pressure lamps are proven effective in UV curing applications worldwide. High pressure curing lamps peak at the range of 254 nm to 365 nm, providing effective curing along with sterilization effects. UV radiation emitted at 254 nm is proven to instantly kills germs, viruses and bacteria.

LightSources offers a wide selection of UV curing lamps and UVC germicidal lamps for use in a multitude of commercial and industrial applications.  We offer a full OEM support with custom designed solutions, prototypes and assistance in developing proprietary products to enhance your brand awareness. We continually deliver first to market solutions with proprietary products and custom phosphor blends.

LightSources is a leading global supplier of UV lamps and lighting solutions and is  recognized as an authority on UV radiation applications. We design, engineer and manufacture UV lamps used in a wide range of applications including UV curing and UV see germicidal processes. Contact us for more information and to speak with an engineer.

Do UVC Lamps Really Work to Kill Bacteria?

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UVC lamps are proven to be highly effective at killing bacteria and harmful contaminants in many water, surface and air sterilization systems. Ultraviolet (UV) light is in the electromagnetic spectrum which is invisible to the human eye. UV light is divided into UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths, measured in nanometers (nm).  UVC radiation emitted at the wavelength of 254 nm is proven to instantly eradicate viruses, bacteria, fungi, mold spores, mildew and harmful microorganisms naked to the human eye.

UVC radiation penetrates the DNA of these living cells and renders them unable to replicate which instantly makes them harmless.  UVC lamps which are specially designed to emit UV radiation precisely at 254 nm effectively eliminate these harmful threats in water, air and on surfaces instantly upon exposure.  UVC ozone lamps emit wavelengths at 185 nm to produce ozone which is a proven oxidizer, sanitizer and deodorizer to eliminate foul odors from the air.

How Do UVC Lamps Work?

UVC germicidal lamps are commonly low-pressure Mercury lamps designed to emit the optimum UV radiation and wavelength for the germicidal application. The low-pressure lamps produce a Mercury arc and are engineered to radiate exactly 254 nm of UVC radiation.  UVC germicidal lamps contain a blend of Argon and Neon gases designed for the application.

UVC lamps operate with a discharge device comparable to fluorescent lamps, with the lamp body commonly constructed of:

  • VH Glass – pure fused quartz that transmits both 185nm and 254nm
  • L Glass – this is soft glass and designed to emit wavelengths at 254nm
  • L Glass – quartz and Titanium which blocks out 185nm

UVC germicidal lamps are designed without the phosphor coating on the inside of the glass lamp to allow for the maximum amount of UV radiation to pass through the lamp. UVC lamps are designed with lamp ballasts which determine the amount of voltage required based on the rare gases used the lamp ballasts are a critical component of UVC lamp construction which deliver the optimum voltage.

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r wide selection of lamp products and with any questions on UVC germicidal lamps.

Does UV Light Help Eczema?

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Eczema is an irritating skin condition which causes dry, itchy patches of skin as the most common symptom in all types of eczema. Some people have moderate to severe cases with swelling and rough scaly patches of skin which can be made worse by scratching. Topical treatments provide relief to some people suffering with eczema although it may not fully ward off all of the irritating symptoms.

UV light is proven to be an effective treatment that helps many people suffering with eczema. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, should be administered by a physician with the proper type of phototherapy lamp.  The narrow band UVB wavelengths is the most common type of UV light used to treat eczema, which replicates UVB rays in natural sunlight.

People that notice relief from eczema in the summertime are more likely to notice benefit from phototherapy. UVA light is also used with a medication called psoralen in a treatment called PUVA, which was also be administered under a doctor’s care. Phototherapy has been proven to provide relief of many symptoms for eczema such as:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing itchy skin
  • Improving bacteria fighting systems
  • Increasing vitamin D

Phototherapy is proven to help about 70% of the people suffering with eczema and is used on localized locations such as the feet and hands or all over the body.  It is important to be consistent with UV light treatment, as most people do not realize an improvement for one to two months. Many people find however that the benefits of phototherapy put their eczema in a quiet state of remittance which lasts long after UV phototherapy ends.

UV Phototherapy Lamps for Eczema

The LightSources Group is a leading manufacturer of UV lamps and lighting solutions including phototherapy lamps designed to treat many medical conditions.  Our engineers possess in-depth knowledge of UV radiation and technology, developing highly effective phototherapy and UVC germicidal lamps. We support OEMs large and small with phototherapy lamps to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, and mood disorders such as depression and seasonal affective depression (SAD).

LightSources offers a wide selection of UV germicidal lamps proven worldwide and air and water sterilization applications. We offer patented products developed from the most high-tech lamp designers available, proven to outperform comparable lamps. Contact us to learn more about our UV lamp and lighting solutions including phototherapy lamps.

UV Light Instantly Cures Polymers

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Ultraviolet (UV) light is utilized in many industrial and commercial applications to instantly cure, harden and strengthen polymers quickly and effectively.  UV light instantly causes a photochemical reaction when exposed to polymers such as epoxies, lacquers, glues, polyurethane and various polymers.  UV curing offers many benefits over other drying methods such as air drying or the use of chemicals.

Benefits of UV Curing

Improved Quality

UV curing offers many benefits due to the instant drying time which does not allow for evaporation as can occur with air drying.  The instant curing provides a more consistent surface with no chance of dust or particles drying in the coating and is smooth compared to air dried surfaces, which produces a higher quality of product.

Increased Production

With instant curing, cycle times are increased and productivity is maximized for increased production.  UV curing is instant, quicker than air drying or the use of chemicals, which pose additional challenges for companies.

Safe for Employees

UV curing is completely safe, with no need to purchase, store or dispose of harmful chemicals.  Parts can pass under UV light while on a conveyor or other automated system without the need for employees to apply chemicals which may be hazardous to health.

All of these benefits equate to increased profitability with a higher level of quality product produced in quicker cycles.  Improved quality results in increased customer satisfaction with new and repeat business opportunities.

LightSources Delivers Quality UV Curing Lamps  

The LightSources Group designs, engineers and manufactures high quality lamps used in UV curing systems worldwide.  LightSources in the U.S. and LightTech in Europe offer skilled engineers with in-depth knowledge of Ultraviolet radiation combined with decades of experience and vast resources.  We support OEMs large and small with high quality lamps which outperform comparable products for long lasting performance.

LightSources and our valued partner companies are the leading global high-tech lamp designers, providing the most advanced warehouse and lighting solutions available today. We have decades of expertise and in-depth knowledge of the technology behind UV radiation to provide the optimum lamp style for your process. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer about the UV curing solution that meets your specifications.

Benefits of UV Curing for Improved Adhesion

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Ultraviolet (UV) curing is used in a multitude of applications worldwide to improve adhesion of various polymers in commercial and industrial processes.  UV radiation is proven to alter the molecular structure of certain polymers such as polyurethane coatings, silicone glue and epoxies.  When these materials are exposed to UV light, a photochemical reaction occurs in seconds to provide an instant bonding or drying of the surface, curing the polymer for improved strength, durability and adhesion.

UV Curing Provides Many Benefits

UV curing is instant and effective, offering many benefits to commercial and industrial processes.  Improving the drying and curing time of various parts and products improves process cycle times and throughput.  A significant improvement in productivity provides maximum profitability.

UV curing also provides a low cost drying process as the right UV curing lamps will provide long lasting, high-performance requiring very little maintenance.  UV curing provides many cost benefits over other methods such as air drying or chemical use. The improvement in cure time over air drying improves profitability.  UV curing is also more cost efficient than chemical use as there is no need to purchase, store or dispose of harmful chemicals.

Improvements in safety are another benefit of UV curing over chemical use of drying and treating products.  UV lamps are harmless to employees, improving safety records of companies.  

Quality is enhanced with UV curing over air drying as the instant curing does not allow time for evaporation, thus resulting in an even coating without blemishes, dust or debris.

With all these benefits, it is easy to see why companies are moving to UV curing lamps to treat products, providing safe and effective curing which improves quality, at a very low cost.  Selecting the right UV curing lamps will provide longer lasting benefits for maximum cost savings.

The LightSources Group consists of the industry’s most advanced lighting engineers, recognized as leaders among high-tech lamp designers and manufacturers.  We provide a wide range of solutions utilizing UV technology, including UV lamps for curing and germicidal applications. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer and to learn more about our effective and cost-efficient UV lamps for curing.

UV Lamps Provide Instant Polymer Curing

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Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are proven highly effective at instantly curing a wide variety of polymers in a multitude of industrial applications.  Polymers which respond to UV curing lamps include various inks, lacquers, varnishes, epoxies, polyurethane, silicone and coatings.  These coatings are applied to various parts and products such as in printing applications and manufacturing processes which include printing on parts or sealing an outer coating on various parts and products.  

The UV lamp is a catalyst for a photochemical reaction which occurs instantly within seconds of exposure.  The UV radiation causes the polymer to instantly seal and bond with products, creating a strengthened and more durable product.  UV curing provides many advantages over other methods of curing polymers such as air drying or the use of chemicals. Using chemicals creates a potential hazard and added expenses with purchasing, storing and disposing of the chemical in addition to potential health risks to employees.

Air drying is another simple method of applying outer coatings although does not seal in the polymer as with the use of UV technology.  Air drying creates an uneven surface due to evaporation and leaves the outer coating vulnerable without the added strength and durability provided with UV curing.  UV curing lamps deliver fast and consistent methods of bonding and during outer coatings for strength and durability without contamination or evaporation.

Reliable UV Curing Lamps

For the most reliable and effective UV curing lamps, consult the leading UV specialists at LightSources.  The LightSources Group is recognized as a leading supplier and authority on UV technology, with a deep understanding of UV technology within the entire lighting spectrum, including UVA, UVB and UVC technology.  We design, engineer and manufacture UVC germicidal lamps used worldwide in critical sterilization processes, and UV curing lamps used by OEMs large and small in a wide range of applications.  

LightSources and our valued partner companies are the leading global high-tech lamp designers, providing the most advanced warehouse and lighting solutions available today. We have decades of expertise and in-depth knowledge of the technology behind UV radiation to provide the optimum lamp style for your process. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer about the UV curing solution that meets your specifications.