Ballast Water Treatment Methods for Total Compliance


The new Ballast Water Treatment Convention has been in full force since September of 2017, and if you are looking for suppliers to help you with compliant treatment systems you need to contact the LightSources group.  New requirements are being enforced by the Marine Enforcement Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  This is part of a global effort by the United Nations to protect the world’s oceans and sustainability.

Hazards of Ballast Water in Ships

When ships use ballast water for balance during international trips, they will pick up water in one region after unloading cargo to aid in balance while sailing through the water.  When landing in another port in a different country, the ballast water is released into a foreign environment and wreaks havoc on the marine life and ecosystem.  In some cases, contaminated ballast water has wiped out entire fishing communities with invasive foreign species like poisonous jellyfish or multiplying mussels taking over the new environment.   These invasive species typically have natural predators in their home environment, but when deposited into new environments without predators they multiply and take over.

UV Treatment of Ballast Water Proven Safe and Effective

Ultraviolet (UV) technology is proven to be safe and extremely effective in eradiating all harmful contaminants in the ballast water of ships and is used worldwide in ballast water treatment systems.  UV technology meets the new requirements enforced by the MEPC and meets all US Coast Guard regulations.   UV germicidal lamps provide safe and effective methods for treating water, without the use of chemicals which can pose a health hazard, corrode equipment and may still require dichlorination to protect against harmful effects of the chlorine.

LightSources is a leader in specialty UV germicidal lamps, used in sterilization and purification systems of air and water in a multitude of applications worldwide.  With powerful germ-killing technology, UV radiation emitted at 254 nanometer (nm), is proven to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and marine life in ballast water treatment systems.

Our experienced engineers understand the technology behind the systems, and will custom design a UV germicidal application just for your system, meeting all regulations for effective ballast water treatment.

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 ballast water treatment systems, meeting all US Coast Guard requirements. 


Superior Lighting Solutions for OEMs Worldwide


LightSources and our affiliated companies are recognized as leaders of the lighting industry, supplying OEMs large and small in over 60 countries on six continents!   Growing from a small company that started as a single location in Connecticut, The LightSources group has grown to include partners and affiliates on three different continents.  With LightTech and a state-of-the-art modern glass factory in Europe, and a LightSources location in China, we are well positioned to meet global requirements with quality lamp products and components delivered on time, no matter your location or delivery needs.

We understand how important it is to meet demanding requirements with quick turn-around.  Our global partners utilize the latest in technological advancements, working with customer Kanban delivery systems to meet tight deadlines with just in time delivery.  Our advanced material resource planning requirements allow us to maintain the necessary amount of inventory to meet our customer requirements.

Technological Advancements with our In-House Glass Factory

 LightTech’s modern glass factory in Europe is home to technological advancements, setting the industry standard with long lasting, high-performing lighting solutions.  Our proprietary UVA/UVB and UVC lighting products are used in commercial and industrial applications worldwide.   Due to our extensive research and development, we provide specialized lamp solutions for any ultraviolet (UV) or fluorescent lighting solution.  Our UVC germicidal lamps provide the specific wavelength required for your application, with 253.7 nanometer (nm) most effective at eradicating bacteria and viruses to eliminate harmful contaminants in water, air and surface purification systems.

Our vast resources and knowledgeable lighting engineers allow us to provide the most effective lighting solution for your needs, with standard or custom designed lamps delivered on time.  We adhere to strict quality standards, providing lamps manufactured with quality components and proven procedures.

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.

How to Find the Best Mercury Lamp Supplier

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Mercury lamps are proven to be cost effective with energy saving efficiencies, saving energy when compared to incandescent and fluorescent lighting.  LightSources and European partner, LightTech, are leading suppliers of a wide variety of lamps used in specialty applications around the globe.  We have developed patented products with proprietary technology designed to provide longer lasting life with high performance in all lamps, including our low-pressure mercury lamps (LP Hg lamps) used in various germicidal applications.

LP Hg lamps developed by the LightSources group convert up to 40% of electrical energy into effective ultraviolet (UV) energy in short wavelengths providing maximum UVC germicidal sterilization.

Powerful Mercury Lamps Developed by LightSources and LightTech

An electric arc used with vaporized mercury is used to produce light in mercury lamps, usually in a phosphor coated lamp.  The phosphor blend coating the lamp helps to offset any blue green tint that the mercury vapor creates, which casts an unflattering illumination in many public places.   The phosphor coating assists in emitting a whiter light that is pleasing to the eye in public places, so it is often used in large arenas and venues.

Long-Life™ Proprietary Technology

Long-Life technology developed by LightSources and LightTech extend lamp product life with a specialty coating, providing high performance up to end of product life cycle, extending the operating life of your UVC mercury lamps.

LightSources and LightTech supply OEMs large and small with a wide variety of innovative lighting technologies.  Our low-pressure mercury lamps are available in quartz or soft glass, with either ozone free or ozone generating lamps, custom designed for your unique application.

Our experienced and skilled engineers work closely with customers to assist with development of proprietary lamp components to increase your brand awareness.  We provide high performing long lasting lamps used in germicidal applications for air, water and surface disinfection, UV curing processes, fluorescent lamps used in signs and industrial applications, and phototherapy lamps providing several health benefits.

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 quartz and mercury lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our wide selection of standard and custom designed lamps.

Health Advantages of In-Duct Air Purification System

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In-duct air purification systems are widely used around the globe in many settings to purify the air providing numerous health benefits.  Purifying and sterilizing the air we breathe is very important to many people, especially people with respiratory conditions like asthma, or those with a compromised immune system.  In-duct air purification is commonly used in nursing homes, hospitals, and many other commercial and residential settings.  Ultraviolet (UV) purification of air is extremely effective at cleansing the air and improving the health of all occupants.

Effective and Safe Air Purification with UVC Technology

UV germicidal technology is used in a multitude of applications to sterilize air, water and surfaces with safe and effective UV radiation.   Ultraviolet wavelength emitted at 254 nanometer (nm) is powerful technology that instantly kills harmful contaminants while not producing any harmful side effects.  UV purification cleanses the air and is also effective at eliminating odors caused by contaminants, leaving purified and sterilized air that smells fresh and clean.

UV air purification will not emit ozone like some other air purification systems will, which can contribute to the eroding of HVAC components affecting the entire equipment.  Ozone is known to contribute to the corrosion of the cooling system in AC equipment by separating aluminum fins from the copper lines within the cooling coils.

LightSources Provides Exceptional UV Air Purification Lamps

The LightSources group employs knowledgeable engineers with experience in UV technology, providing high quality lamps with long lasting performance.  We provide standard lamps in a wide assortment of sizes and styles, and will custom design a UV germicidal solution specific to your unique application.

LightSources is a leading global manufacturer of low pressure (LP) amalgam lamps, medium pressure (MPUV) lamps, electronic ballasts, quartz lamps and ceramic bases.  Our UVC germicidal lamps are proven in a multitude of water, air and surface sterilization systems, with effective germ-killing characteristics developed for maximum performance.

LightSources and our valued partner companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp and lighting industry today.  Our products are used globally in a multitude of industrial applications such as our UV germicidal lamps used in air duct purification systems, which offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our wide selection of standard or custom designed lamps.

UV Glue Curing Creates Unbreakable Bond


Ultraviolet radiation energy is used as a catalyst to instantly cure polymers, creating an instant bond in as quickly as three seconds.  This photochemical reaction is often used on polymers such as silicone glue, polyurethane and epoxies which will instantly cure when exposed to UV light.

UV curing of polymers provides many advantages over other methods such as chemical application and air drying.   UV curing provides the quickest cure time when compared to these other methods, while providing a stronger, unbreakable bond.   When air drying inks, coatings, adhesives and glues, the surface is exposed to outer contaminants in the air which can create an inconsistent surface.  UV curing is also much faster than air drying, drastically improving cycle times and productivity, leading to increased profitability.

When using chemicals to dry surface coatings and bonding agents, it can be costly and time consuming while still not providing the same consistent and quick output as UV curing.   Chemical drying processes can also create an unsafe environment to employees by exposing them to harmful contaminants.  An air controlled evaporation system is often necessary to remove fumes or toxins from chemical use.  UV curing dries so quickly it leaves a consistent and high-quality surface that is reinforced and resistant to scratching or breaking.

UV glue curing provides many benefits over other methods, with precision accuracy to target specific areas.  By projecting the UV light directly towards the area of polymer requiring hardening, manufactures can precisely cure specific areas without affecting surrounding areas.

Lightsources has vast knowledge and expertise with UV curing applications, with skilled design engineers available to assist with determining the best type of UV lamps for your process.  We assist OEMs large and small with the perfect UV lighting solution, no matter the scope of your project.  UV curing is used in a multitude of industrial processes around the globe, including screen printing, graphic design, automotive, aerospace and many other applications.

LightSources and our valued partner companies are recognized as leaders in the industry of high-tech lamp design and manufacturing.  Our team is comprised of the most highly skilled professionals specializing in a wide range of innovative lighting solutions.  Contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.


Do You Need a Lamp Supplier for Superior Lighted Signs?

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Neon signs and fluorescent lighted signs provide brand awareness and long-lasting illumination for businesses around the globe in a multitude of industries.  The LightSources group includes lighted sign expert, Voltarc, providing more than 75 years of experience in designing and manufacturing assorted styles and types of fluorescent lighting.   Voltarc Technologies provides superior lamp products for architectural lighting, neon and fluorescent signs, ultraviolet lamps, specialty lamps, wiring devices and holders.

Voltarc utilizes the latest in technological advancements, employing highly skilled lighting engineers and designers conducting continual improvement, research and development.   Some innovative proprietary technology developed by Voltarc includes:

  • Xtra Long Lamps
  • TufStraight Lamps
  • Neon Tubing
  • TufBend U-Lamps
  • TriLight Max™ and TriLight™ Fluorescent Lamps
  • Masonite Electrodes
  • Hyde Neon Fabrication Equipment
  • Cup-Cathode Lamps
  • Various Standard and Custom Lamp Accessories

Voltarc’s products provide unrivaled performance with long lasting product life expectancy in all patented products.  Voltarc produces the most vibrant signs in the industry, enhancing brand image of businesses worldwide with state-of-the-art lamp and electrical components.  The cutting edge lighted sign solutions provided by the LightSources group deliver exceptional lumens per output, reliably outperforming the competition.

Our energy efficient solutions provide long life with low maintenance, outlasting and outperforming comparable products with exceptional performance.  Voltarc provides a solution for your lighted sign specifications from simple to complex designs and shapes with lamps and components made to last.  Our skilled engineers can provide custom designed solutions with the optimum type of lamp product for your application.  Lighted signs by Voltarc provide quick return on investment with increased brand awareness delivered in a high performing and long-lasting product.

LightSources and our affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux represent the leading high-tech designers in the lighting 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.

Innovative Supplier of Quartz Lamp Products


The LightSources group consists of recognized global leaders in the lighting industry, providing proven solutions for any lighting application including soft glass, quartz lamps, fluorescent lamps and UV lamp solutions.   Our experienced team of valued partner companies provide the most innovative solutions with proprietary and proven technologies available in the lighting industry today.

Our Quartz lamp solutions are available in either ozone free or ozone generating technologies, with standard or high output models.  Our mercury vapor lamps offer powerful UV germicidal technologies, emitting precisely 253.7 nanometer (nm) wavelength for the most effective germicidal applications.

Quartz lamps are proven to be stronger and more resistant to breaking over glass or soft glass, delivering added strength and protection against breakage.  Quartz is resistant to solarization, which happens when UV radiation changes the ability of lamps and optical components to transmit UV light.  Quartz allows for the most UV transmission with minimal absorption, providing long lasting high performance with maximum quality output.

Quartz remains cooler than glass lamp products, which provides added transparency in many applications allowing for maximum UV transmittance with higher luminous efficacy.  The LightSources group provides patented products designed for maximum operating life with proprietary technologies.

The LightSources group consists of the most innovative and technologically advanced companies in the lighting industry, employing knowledgeable fluorescent and UV experts along with highly skilled design engineers for any lighting application.  We understand the technology behind the products.

Our Quartz halogen lamps are incandescent lamps enveloped in quartz instead of glass with a filament in the bulb surrounded by a halogen gas which is typically iodine.  Quartz iodine lamps contain a tungsten filament that reacts with the iodine to allow for maximum lumen output without blackening of the bulb.

LightSources, along with our valued partner LightTech, offer the most advanced lighting solutions available in the industry.  We provide quick turn around with rapid prototyping, satisfying the demanding requirements of OEMs worldwide with quality lamps, delivered on-time.   If you are searching for a high-quality supplier of lamp products and components, including fluorescent, UV, glass, soft glass or quartz lamp products, contact us for the most advanced products available today.

Get Compliant to the Ballast Water Treatment Convention

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The new Ballast Water Treatment Convention recently took effect on September 8, 2017 updating regulatory requirements enforced by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   The new regulations aim to control the spread of aquatic invasive species from one region to another in the ballast water of international ships, which has wreaked havoc on many ecosystems around the world.

With new global regulations enforced just last month, shipping companies are expected to have an effective ballast water treatment system as the spread of harmful organisms in ships’ ballast water is proven to be one of the largest threats to the sustainability of our Planet’s oceans.

The LightSources group recognizes the importance of ballast water clear from disease and harmful organisms, and has developed highly effective and cost-efficient ultraviolet ballast water treatment systems meeting US Coast Guard approval.   With our global partners, the LightSources group has presence on three continents making us well positioned as a key global supplier of industrial UV germicidal water treatment systems.

Advantages of UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems

UV ballast water treatment systems provide many advantages over alternative methods, such as chemical treatment of water.  With UV germicidal lamps, eradicating harmful organisms requires no harsh chemicals such as chlorine treatment systems that can often require a second treatment to remove harmful residue.  There is no need to store an inventory of harmful chemicals and disperse them into the very water we are aiming to protect.

UV germicidal lamps are proven highly effective with very low maintenance, especially UV germicidal lamps from the LightSources group.  We utilize proprietary technology to develop our patented products offering a wide variety of UV germicidal lamps, adaptable to virtually any UV germicidal ballast water treatment system.

LightSources and our affiliated companies comprise the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  We offer standard lamps and components as well as customized products providing high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs.  Contact us today to speak to one of our expert engineers for assistance with developing and designing your approved ballast water treatment system.

UV Germicidal Lamp Solutions from LIghtSources

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LightSources and our European partner, LightTech, are global leaders in manufacturing UV germicidal lamps for effective purification and sterilization of air, water and surfaces.  UV germicidal lamps play a very important role in many water treatment systems used in municipalities world-wide.  LightSources employs highly skilled design engineers with extensive knowledge in UV radiation, devoted to developing innovative UV germicidal technology.

LightSources is devoted to research and development to continually provide advanced technologies to promote public safety while protecting our environment with green technologies.  We offer a wide selection of effective and cost-efficient UV germicidal lamps for various sterilization applications.  LightSources has vast resources and proprietary technology, allowing us to supply superior lighting solutions at cost effective prices.

We offer low-pressure, medium and high-pressure UV lamps manufactured for specific sterilization applications.  UV radiation is proven effective to eradicate bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold and micro-organisms with chemical free germicidal treatments.   Sterilization with UV technology is proven effective with low cost and low maintenance, and does not contain any corrosive materials as chemical treatment systems do.

UV germicidal lamps by LightSources are made with long lasting patented technology, providing long life, low maintenance and little cost.  Our lamps are simple to operate and easy to retrofit with custom designed solutions.  Our customer service is second to none, providing personalized attention with custom solutions.

We have a multitude of standardized lamps that fit most any germicidal system or our skilled and knowledgeable engineers will custom design a solution to your specifications.  We can even help you develop your own proprietary design and assist you through the patent process.    Let us show you how easy it is to develop patented products with the most advanced UV technology available.

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.

Phototherapy Promotes Healing for Skin Disorders

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Light Therapy, also known as Phototherapy, is recognized world-wide for providing many health benefits for a wide variety of medical conditions.  Phototherapy is most often provided in fluorescent light, emitted at specific wavelengths to treat specific conditions.

Phototherapy for Skin Conditions

One of the most common conditions treated with phototherapy is jaundice in newborn babies.  Babies are born with a certain degree of jaundice, which occurs when toxins in the body are not broken down completely by the liver.  This causes a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and the skin, as toxins build up in the body.  Bilirubin is a yellow compound that is usually broken down by the liver, but when jaundice occurs and babies need help, shortwave UV light is used to breakdown the bilirubin.

These lights are called “bili lights”, and are highly effective when exposed to bare skin. Babies are placed under UV lights with nothing but a diaper for maximum exposure.  Specific lighting can be sent home with parents with instructions to use for a specified period of time.

Psoriasis and Skin Disorders Treated with Phototherapy

Light therapy is proven effective with healing many skin disorders and especially for people suffering from psoriasis, acne and eczema.   Exposure to UV light from UVA and UVB lamps is proven to decelerate the growth of skin cells and aid healing to those suffering with psoriasis.  UV light is also used to treat eczema which is an inflammatory condition caused from an overactive immune system.  Exposure to fluorescent lamps suppress the immune system and reduce inflamed, swollen and itchy skin.

Acne is a result of bacteria in the skin causing inflammation in the form of a pimple when the immune system attacks the bacteria.  Red and blue light therapy in wavelengths of 600 – 700 nanometer (nm) is combined to treat acne with successful results.  Red Light therapy is proven to sooth inflammation and stimulate cell growth to promote healing and regeneration.  Blue light at 415 nm is most effective at killing bacteria, preventing breakouts from acne.

For the best UV light phototherapy treatment for specific conditions, contact the LightSources group to speak with a knowledgeable engineer on the best treatment for you.

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, phototherapy lighting solutions.