UV Ink Curing Benefits Many Industries

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Ultraviolet light is powerful energy that is used in many commercial and industrial applications, with UV ink curing providing many benefits to several processes.  UV light causes a photochemical reaction when exposed at the proper wavelength, or nanometer.  At the right nanometer (nm), UV light causes the instant drying and curing of inks, coatings and adhesives.  This is used to cure ink onto various substrates including paper, plastic, wood and metal.

UV lamps emitting ultraviolet radiation at the 367 nm to 400 nm range are highly effective at curing specialty inks, varnishes, glazes, adhesives and various coatings.  UV ink curing systems provide an effective curing process to many industrial applications, including:

  • Quick and effective curing of coatings such as glazes, lacquers, varnishes and inks
  • Packaging – UV ink curing is used to quickly print onto various packaging material, including corrugated and plastic products
  • Marketing – several printing processes use UV ink curing to quickly dry inks on a variety of marketing material. UV ink curing dries fast without evaporation, creating high quality and vibrant ink colors to raise brand awareness
  • Automotive – UV ink curing is effective at instantly drying a wide variety of interior and exterior automotive parts and components
  • Consumer Electronics – UV ink curing is used for drying which improves adhesion in many electronics and components such as circuit boards, exterior and interior parts
  • Aerospace – UV curing provides fast and effective curing of coatings and adhesives to create durable components
  • Adhesive Bonding – UV light is used in several industrial applications to improve adhesion and create unbreakable bonding
  • Medical – UV energy is also used to sterilize and disinfect medical components

LightSources’ offers UV lamps in low pressure, medium pressure or high-pressure UV radiation, for use in a wide array of processes.  Our expert engineers will custom design a lighting solution to provide you with the proper UV lamps 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 curing lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our wide selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

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UV Curing Now Possible with Low Pressure Lamp Technology

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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.

Innovative Tanning Technology Developments by LightSources

 

 

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Tanning lamp technology has made great advances, with the LightSources Group leading the way providing the most innovative tanning lamp technology in the industry. LightSources and our European partner, LightTech, were one of the very first lamp manufacturers to offer tanning lamps in varying strengths (2.6 UVB – 9.5 UVB).  This variety of lamp strength provides tanning customers the right lamp for their preference and skin type.  LightSources is a responsive designer and manufacturer of tanning lamps, listening to our salon professional customers, and developing the right lamps for their customers.

We are committed to research and development of UV technology, bringing patented products and proprietary technology to the forefront of the tanning industry.  Some of the cutting-edge technology we have developed for tanning lamps include:

A-Power™ – Provides high pressure effects of a longer lasting dark tan in a low-pressure lamp.  Our A-Power line up utilizes superior UVA combined with a strong UVB peak, producing a long-lasting tan.

SolGlass® – Utilizes high-tech design and development with a combination of our proprietary phosphor blend, and new glass technology.  The narrow band UVA provides immediate coloring for instant results, and short-wave UVB provides long lasting pigmentation.  SolGlass is the most significant innovation in tanning lamps, with open glass technology allowing for more efficient and effective UV transmission at the precise wavelengths to promote a greater tanning effects.

Peak2 Technology® – Provides high UVA and UVB output balanced within one phosphor, providing dual spectral peaks for the maximum pigmentation effect.

Multitone™ –   Since not all parts of the body tan at the same rate, LightSources has developed Multitone™ technology to provide tanning customers with natural and even tanning effects from head to toe, without the harshness of high-pressure facial units.

LightSources and LightTech place a high focus on innovation and improvements in technology through continual research and development, allowing us to provide cutting edge technologies that provide improved performance, lower costs, and eco-friendly solutions.

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 specializing in tanning lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our vast selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.

Ballast Water Treatment Methods for Total Compliance

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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. 

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

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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.

 

Innovative Supplier of Quartz Lamp Products

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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.

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.

In Duct Air Purification System Provides Health Benefits

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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.