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Understanding UV Water Sterilizers

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UV water sterilizersUV water sterilizers are utilized in residential and commercial applications to provide peace of mind from water contamination. There are many benefits of using UV water sterilization systems, which are proven to kill 99.99% of harmful microorganisms. Here are the main benefits and drawbacks of UV water sterilization, an explanation of how Ultraviolet (UV) radiation sterilizes water and a description of the components of a UV water sterilizer system.

Homeowners want to feel safe with the water they drink and business owners have a responsibility to provide safe water in their facilities. UV technology provides an effective and cost-efficient method of providing safe and clean drinking water with many additional benefits over other methods. Speaking with a reputable UVC germicidal lamp provider will deliver maximum value with the right type of lamp for your application.

Benefits of UV Water Sterilizers

There are many benefits of UV water sterilizers, which are used in a multitude of water treatment applications such as municipalities drinking water treatment plants, aqua culture, water reclamation and many others. The following benefits should be considered when evaluating UV water sterilization:

  • Highly effective – proven to kill 99.99% of harmful microorganisms
  • Kill bacteria chlorine doesn’t – UV radiation kills Cryptosporidium and Giardia, known to cause illness and resistant to chlorine
  • Safe – chemical free with no harmful byproducts
  • Environmentally friendly – a safe alternative to chlorine
  • Reliable – UV lamps operate 24/7 with no maintenance required
  • Cost-effective – with consistent operation and no maintenance required other than changing lamps on a determined maintenance schedule such as annually, UV water sterilizers are extremely cost effective providing a quick ROI
  • FDA approved – UV water sterilization is approved by the FDA
  • Energy efficient – Selecting the right UVC germicidal lamp for your application will provide maximum energy efficiency
  • Instant results – UV radiation instantly eradicates harmful microorganisms upon exposure
  • Tasteless and Odorless – unlike chlorine treatments, UV sterilizers do not alter the taste or odor of water

While the list of benefits is long, there are some drawbacks in particular water treatment applications. UV radiation eliminates microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, but will not remove chlorine, salt, heavy metal or man made substances like pharmaceuticals. Incorporating additional water filtration methods with UV treatment ensures removal of these substances. Murky water poses challenges as UV radiation can be blocked by foreign particles, thus a filtration method prior to UV exposure ensures maximum water sterilization.

The many advantages and benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks and should be evaluated when considering UV water treatment systems. Residential systems may be installed at the point of entry to the house or directly at the tap, commercial systems may include larger units to accommodate increased use. Whether used in-home or commercial settings to support health and wellness, UV water sterilizers are proven to eliminate a long list of harmful microorganisms.

How Does UV Light Sterilize Water?

UV light is emitted from natural sunlight, is responsible for the common sunburn and is not visible to the human eye. UV light is a form of energy which lands on the electromagnetic spectrum in between visible light and X-rays. Light is measured in wavelengths and measured in nanometers, with UV light in the range of 254 nm the most effective at killing harmful contaminants.

UV light is proven to eliminate a long list of harmful contaminants and microorganisms such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Coliform
  • Cysts
  • Salmonella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • E-Coli
  • Giardia
  • Flu
  • Infectious Hepatitis
  • Polio
  • Typhoid fever
  • Polio
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Meningitis

UVC germicidal lamps used in water sterilizers emit UV light at just the right nanometer for your application. UV germicidal lamp suppliers should offer many options with lamp design and engineering as well as custom options for challenging configurations. Working with an experienced UV lamp supplier will ensure that your UV lamps provide the most effective sterilization with maximum energy efficiency for cost savings.

LightSources Offers Germicidal Lamps for UV Water Sterilizers

LightSources is a leading global supplier of UVC germicidal lamps used in UV water sterilizer systems worldwide. We offer proven germicidal solutions with water sterilization and UV air purification systems. LightSources is recognized as an authority on lamp design, engineering and manufacturing of high-performance, energy efficient solutions.

We offer a wide selection of standard germicidal lamps with custom developed options available from skilled engineers who posses an in-depth knowledge of UV radiation and lamp design. We design, engineer and manufacturer:

  • Low Pressure UVC Germicidal Lamps
  • Low Pressure Amalgam Germicidal Lamps
  • Medium Pressure Mercury Discharge Germicidal Lamps
  • Quartz sleeves and electronic ballasts

Our germicidal lamps are used worldwide in UV water sterilizers, air purifiers and many surface germicidal applications. We provide custom engineering to meet your specifications with lamps designed to fit in compact areas, with a small footprint or with custom phosphor blends to meet your application needs.

LightSources and our valued partner companies represent the leading designers and high-tech manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are found world-wide across a broad range of applications and industries such as our UVC germicidal lamps which provide patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. Contact us to speak with an engineer about our large selection of specialty custom and standard germicidal lamps for UV water sterilizers.

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