UV Curing Now Possible with Low Pressure Lamp Technology


Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are used worldwide in various applications to cure, bond or instantly dry various materials including inks, resins and adhesives.  When UV waves come into contact with specialty polymers, it causes a photochemical reaction, altering the molecular structure of the polymer.  High-pressure UV lamps have been used for decades to create this chemical reaction, producing the UVA wavelength as the ideal catalyst for the curing function.  In recent years, however, new technology utilizing low-pressure UV lamps with a wavelength of 254 nanometer (nm), has been highly effective in curing various materials.

Low-pressure lamps operate with less energy output required, providing energy savings over heat-based curing system.  UV curing also produces a higher quality product over heat based curing or drying, as the molecular change occurs instantly, in a matter of seconds, preventing evaporation or dust particles to contaminate your product surface.  UV curing systems also produce no hazardous byproducts, and pose no risk of chemical interaction with your employees or other materials.

UV lamps purchased from an experienced Ultraviolet and lighting expert gives you assurances that your lamps are manufactured with the proper wavelength output for your application, and that they will provide a long lasting useful life which saves a considerable amount of money over purchasing and storing chemicals or other drying agents.

Low pressure UV lamps are ideal for applications that require dimming, as compared to medium and high-pressure lamps.  Low pressure mercury lamps along with amalgam lamps are increasingly used for UV curing applications and the effective drying of adhesives that have a cationic base.

LightSources Provides Proprietary UV Curing Technology

With UV lamps purchased from the LightSources Group, you can be confident in the quality output of your UV curing system, and enjoy maximum useful life saving you money with minimal maintenance and replacement costs.  LightSources is a global leader in UV research and development, producing several patented products and proprietary technologies.  Our use of amalgam lamps for UV curing is expanding with our proprietary pellet amalgam technology.

Low-pressure UV lamps typically produce 150 watts of output, as any more would overheat the lamp causing UV output to decrease.  Amalgam lamps can produce 300 to 1000 watts output, with one-third of that usable as UVC energy.  Amalgam lamps provide options when a smaller footprint is required or gives options to downsize systems without jeopardizing UV curing effectiveness.

Benefits of Pellet Amalgam Technology by LightSources

LightSources proprietary pellet amalgam technology provides several benefits over other methods including a higher UVC intensity even at 60% or 80% dimming, allowing for increased output while reducing expenses.

Versatility in mounting options are another benefit as our pellet amalgam technology is available to mount either horizontal, vertical or diagonal providing options when operating in low profile environment without losing UV effectiveness.

The LightSources Group is recognized for innovation and pioneering new lamp technologies.  We are a global supplier to OEMs around the world, supplying high-tech operations on six continents.  We have what it takes to solve your UV problem with fast, efficient and high-quality lamp products for any application.  Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer to learn more about our UV curing solutions and our amalgam technology.


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.

In Duct Air Purification System Provides Health Benefits


In duct air purification systems sanitize and purify the air we breathe, providing many health benefits to people in public and commercial areas.  Air purification systems are used in many HVAC and AC units to deliver clean air free from bacteria, dust, mold and mildew.  These in duct systems are so effective they also eliminate odors from stale air, always giving off a clean fresh scent free from airborne contaminants.

In duct air purification systems are used in settings such as doctor offices, hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and many other buildings that are open to the public.  Sanitizing the air is especially beneficial in areas where sick people or patients with compromised immune systems may gather.  Children or the elderly are especially susceptible to illness from germs, mold, mildew or contaminants in the air.

UV air purification systems eliminate these volatile compounds from contaminating the air we breathe keeping children, the elderly and the general public safer by providing purified and sanitized air.

UVC Air Purification Systems are Highly Effective

 Ultraviolet (UV) energy in the range of 254 nanometers is highly effective at killing viruses and bacteria.  Most UV air purification systems do not emit ozone as this may corrode the cooling system in AC units by separating the copper lines in the cooling unit from the aluminum fins.  A small amount of ozone emission might be acceptable in certain applications but is not desirable in AC units.

The LightSources group employs experts to assist you in determining the most effective UV air purification system for your unique building structure.  Our vast resources allow us to provide the most sophisticated and technologically advanced lighting solutions at an affordable cost to you, providing a quick return on investment.

Together LightSources in the U.S. and LightTech in Europe are global leaders in the germicidal ultra-violet light industry.  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 the affordability of high-tech air purification systems.   

Unbreakable Polymer Bond with UV Curing

post 95 UV glue curing is becoming a popular method for many commercial and industrial processes requiring a permanent unbreakable bond in their application.   Often referred to as liquid glue, when sealed with the powerful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, it is more often a polymer rather than glue that provides a strengthened bond.   Often times polyurethane, epoxy or other polymer is used and will dry clear when exposed to UV light.

These specialty polymers harden within seconds of exposure to UV radiation, typically within three seconds although some processes may require additional exposure for maximum adhesion.  Regardless of the time in seconds, this process is considerably less time consuming than applying a chemical coating or other drying methods.

Chemical treatment of manufactured parts requires the purchase of toxic chemicals and ventilation areas for employees applying these volatile compounds.  Bonding with drying takes more time than with UV curing and can also leave inconsistencies in your finished product due to evaporation.

UV Glue Curing Provides Fast and Consistent Bonding

UV glue curing is fast and effective, providing instant hardening with no evaporation or chemical exposure.  Ultraviolet radiation provides effective solutions for large volume production with consistently accurate results.

Curing polymers with UV light provides quick cure rates and allows for specific, targeted applications whether applied to glue or any other various polymers.  The most effective wavelength of UV radiation occurs between 240nm – 270nm, or 350nm to 380nm.

With LightSources’ decades of experience in the manufacturing of UV curing lamps, let our expertise and knowledge make it easy for you to find the best lamp for your application.

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 polymer curing lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

UV Curing Explained – What You Need to Know


Ultraviolet (UV) light is a powerful form of electromagnetic radiation that has been used for decades to cause a reaction to various materials by altering their chemical properties.  UV radiation is not visible to the human eye, with a wavelength in the range of 10 to 400 nm (nanometer) emitting either UVA, UVB, or UVC radiation.

UVA – UVB – UVC Radiation Explained

UVA and UVB radiation is utilized to create a photochemical reaction that instantly dries inks, varnishes, coatings or adhesives and is beneficial in various UV printing or UV drying processes.  UVA light is emitted between 315 and 400nm, with UVB in the range of 280 to 315nm.   The powerful effect that UV radiation causes to materials is fast and efficient, with a hardening or drying process occurring in seconds.  Treating multiple parts in seconds is very cost effective for manufacturers with faster cycle times and increased capacity.

OEM’s around the globe are realizing the benefits of UV curing lamps for enhancing several industries including printing, wood treatment for flooring products, and purification of air and water in sterilization and purification systems.

UVC wavelength is in the range of 200 to 280 nm and is highly effective in sterilization applications used to sanitize either air or water.  UVC germicidal lamps are used in various medical and purification systems, providing clean air in hospitals and sanitary medical equipment.  The LightSources group consists of the leading experts in research and design, engineering and manufacturing the highest performing UV curing lamps in the industry.

High Performing and Cost-Efficient UV Curing Lamps

LightSources and European partner, LightTech, are leading manufacturers of all types of UV curing lamps providing proven solutions to OEMs worldwide.  We offer a wide selection of standard UV lamps and components, or will create a custom lighting solution specific to your application.   Our vast resources include a modern glassmaking facility in Europe where we utilize proprietary and patented technology to provide the best UV Curing lamps in the industry at a reasonable cost to manufacturers.

We have a wide selection of high pressure UV (HPUV) lamps, medium pressure (MPUV), medium pressure output (MPHO) lamps or our low pressure amalgam lamps with patented technology for long lasting performance even through end of useful life.   The LightSources group will guide you to the most cost efficient and effective UV curing lamps for your system, providing a quick return on your investment.

LightSources in the United States and LightTech in Europe are leading experts in all varieties of UV lamps for curing applications.  Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable lighting experts for guidance on the most appropriate lamps for your process. 

New Requirements for Ballast Water Treatment Systems

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The new requirements are here for the Ballast Water Management Convention, taking effect September of 2017 with global enforcement by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a subsidiary group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  The main goal of the new convention is to establish procedures and standards for the treatment of ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive marine organisms from one region to another.

Effective September 8, 2017, new terms of the Convention require all ships sailing through international waters to utilize an effective ballast water treatment system to eliminate the threat of aquatic organisms that may be present in their ballast water.    All ships will be required to have a ballast water treatment plan specific to their ship.  Regulations vary based on the age of the ship and ballast water capacity, although all required systems must be compliant to US Coast Guard Regulations.

LightSources Provides Effective Ballast Water Treatment Technology

The LightSources group is an industry leader in UV germicidal applications, manufacturing superior UV lamps and components used in air and water purification systems worldwide.  UV technology is proven extremely effective at eradicating microorganisms, even bacteria and viruses naked to the human eye.

UV treatment of ships’ ballast water is highly effective, better for the environment and cost effective with very little maintenance required.  With no need to purchase chemicals such as powerful chlorine a UV system can operate for extended hours with no maintenance and provides no volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the environment.

The LightSources group offers proven solutions with UV germicidal applications worldwide, with facilities in the United States, China and Europe our vast resources support quick turn-around time with high quality products.  Our Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps operate with an increased efficiency of 30-35% over other comparable lamps, and leave a small footprint which is convenient when operating in limited space.  Our proprietary LongLife™ technology utilized in our LP Amalgam lamps offers superior UV germicidal effectiveness at the most optimum wavelength of 254nm.

Our Medium Pressure (MPUV) germicidal lamps are also extremely effective with even smaller footprints that are desirable on smaller ships.

The LightSources Group is a leading UV Germicidal Lamp manufacturer, with lamps for virtually any UV sanitation application for water or air.  Contact us today to learn more about our solution for the new Ballast Water Treatment Convention regulations.

In-Duct Air Purification Systems Give Health Advantages


There are many health advantages when using in-duct air purification systems, which are common in many settings purifying the air we breathe.   Air duct purification systems are widely used in commercial settings where public visitors may frequent, and the building owner has a responsibility to all occupants regarding the health and safety of the environment.  HVAC air sterilization is common in nursing homes, hospitals, and doctor offices, enhancing the quality of air for all visitors and patients.

UVC Technology Proven Highly Effective and Safe

Ultraviolet (UV) light is widely used in many sterilization and purification applications including air and water, as UV radiation is extremely effective at eradicating bacteria and viruses, even airborne contaminants, without any harmful chemicals or side effects.

When air is exposed to UVC light at 254nanomemter (nm), the UVC light instantly kills harmful organisms, stopping them dead in their tracks from multiplying or reproducing, eliminating any health hazard.   UV purification of air through in-duct UV purification systems can also eliminate unpleasant odors from the air, as odors are caused by contaminants in the air.

UV light is an effective sanitizer, while not contributing to the erosion of your cooling or AC system.  Some ozone emitting purification systems may contribute to the corrosion of equipment, but UVC light will not pose such risks, and provides safe purification with no harmful side effects or drawbacks.

Experts in UV Air Purification

LightSources and our affiliated companies are experts with all functions of ultraviolet radiation, providing the highest in quality of UV lamps for all UVC germicidal applications.  Our low-pressure amalgam lamps are highly effective with water sterilization, and our medium pressure lamps are widely used in various UVC purification and sterilization systems.  We provide high performing and long-lasting UV lamps in standard or custom sizes, with quality quartz sleeves, electronic ballasts and custom ceramic bases.

Our UVC lamps are used in a multitude of applications worldwide, offering safe and effective germ-killing solutions.  You can trust that your lamps will perform as required, with the proper balance of UV radiation in the proper wavelength for your application, in all sterilization and purification processes.

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 used in duct air purification systems, which offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

UV Drying Lamps are Fast and Cost Effective


OEM’s around the globe are harnessing the power of UV drying lamps, and are realizing an improvement in process with quality and cycle time, in addition to valuable cost savings with improved efficiency.  There are many industries using UV drying lamps in various industrial production processes worldwide.

UV drying lamps are effective with a very quick drying time when compared to heat drying systems, for curing polymers, inks, varnishes and coatings.  Because UV lamps have such a quick drying time, they produce a more consistent hardened finish with much less shrinkage over heat systems.

This results in a higher level of quality for your products, providing countless benefits with satisfied customers, improved sales and increased customers.

In addition to an improved quality standard, UV drying lamps also provide a significant cost savings over heat or chemical drying methods.  The quick cycle time means more efficient production and higher capacity levels.   Less maintenance, less replacement costs, and a faster cycle time all equate to higher profits for you.

UV Drying Lamps Aid Automotive Industry

Many industrial processes are realizing the benefits of harnessing UV power for quick and effective curing of their parts.  The automotive industry sees a quick return on investment when using UV drying lamps to quickly dry outer coatings of polymers or inks, varnishes, and lacquers on either exterior or interior parts.

Faster Cycle Times

UV curing is a huge timesaver, as several parts can be cured at once, speeding up assembly lines.  With a quick drying time of seconds, they can be touched, handled and packaged in a faster amount of time. Faster cycle times equal more profitable production runs.

Strengthened Parts

This hardened surface not only dries quickly, it is also stronger and more resistant to breaking, warping or chipping.   This is important for parts in critical applications such as braking or air-bag systems.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our 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.

Ultraviolet (UV) Power Effective for Water Purification



Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a powerful catalyst for many important germicidal functions, eradicating bacteria, viruses and fungi from air and water.  UV water treatment is used for many purposes, protecting aqua life and the human inhabitants of cities and towns.  UV water treatment is gaining popularity as the UV germicidal effectiveness is gaining awareness in many industries, including drinking water, aquaculture, shipping industry, water reclamation, and waste water.

Water for Consumption

UVC germicidal technology is extremely effective at eradicating bacteria and parasites that cause illness, ensuring safety for human consumption in public water systems.  Treating drinking water with UV germicidal technology is advantageous over other methods such as chemical use by eliminating harmful pathogens without hazardous residue.

UV treatment systems provide effective results with very low-maintenance.  LightSources provides long lasting high-performance UV lamps for no hassle long life performance.

Aqua Culture

The health and well-being of marine life is vital to the continual sustainability of our planet’s oceans.  UV disinfection of fish farms and hatcheries promotes a successful endeavor of maintaining our natural fish and wildlife.  UV water treatment systems are used in aquariums, hatcheries and water preserves.

UV Water Treatment in Ships Ballast Water

With global trade continuing to increase, the United Nations recognized a need for an update to the Ballast Water Convention, which regulates ships ballast water in international waters.  Contaminated ballast water is seen as one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

UV treatment in ships’ ballast water treatment systems provides effective germicidal treatment eliminating harmful marine organisms that may invade foreign waters.  LightSources provides standard and customized UV germicidal lamps for ballast water treatment systems, adhering to United States Coast Guard and the Ballast Water Convention guidelines.

Water Reclamation and Wastewater Treatment

UV germicidal treatment cleans wastewater from human use, eliminating pollutants before entering natural water sources.  UV wastewater treatment systems are effectively utilized in community systems such as well water, rural water in villages and towns, cities, ranches and farms.

UV water purification provides an effective and cost-efficient germicidal application, with no harmful chemical residue and minimal maintenance.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

UV Ink Curing Systems Provide Cost-Efficient Savings


UV ink curing systems are utilized in several commercial and industrial applications, providing cost-efficient savings to OEMs around the globe.  UV curing is a very fast and effective method of curing inks, adhesives and coatings on a variety of substrates for many industrial purposes.

Several manufacturing processes are harnessing the power of UV radiation to cure and instantly dry inks and coatings on their products, giving a quick return on investment with cost-efficient savings.   The speed at which UV curing occurs greatly improves efficiency in several manufacturing processes.

How Does UV Radiation Cure Inks

Ultraviolet (UV) light can cause a photochemical reaction to occur to quickly dry specialty inks or coatings, creating a strengthened finish on products.  Medium pressure UV (MPUV) lamps are very effective at curing coatings and inks when harnessed at 367 nanometer (nm) to 400 nm.

UV ink curing is a process that is used in several industries and manufacturing processes, adding cost saving efficiencies to OEMs around the globe.  Some examples of manufacturing processes benefitting from UV curing include:

  • utomotive –Provides quick curing and drying of interior automotive components such as buttons and knobs
  • Aerospace – Fast and effective drying of inks and curing of adhesives create strong and durable components
  • Medical – Provides curing and disinfection purposes in medical and pharmaceutical applications
  • Packaging – Fast drying of printed labels on various packaging articles including, plastic, glass, and corrugated.
  • Marketing – A wide array of printing applications on either flat or cylindrical products for target marketing and brand awareness
  • Consumer Electronics – Curing and drying of adhesives and inks on electronic parts and circuit boards
  • Bonding Adhesives – Useful in several industrial applications
  • Instant drying of coatings such as glazes, varnishes, lacquers and inks

The LightSources Group has in-depth knowledge providing superior lamps for all UV ink curing systems utilized in virtually any commercial or industrial application.  With vast experience of low pressure, medium pressure and high pressure UV radiation, our skilled engineers are sure to find the proper UV lamps for your specialized application.

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 ink curing system lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.