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.