The power and energy of ultraviolet lighting has been used for many years providing valuable uses and applications to a multitude of personal, commercial and industrial uses. Light is broken down by color, with ultraviolet (UV) light simply meaning “beyond violet”, which is the highest frequency in visible light. UV light is not visible to the human eye. UV lighting is a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted at various wavelengths, measured in nanometers (nm).
Ultraviolet Lighting is either UVA, UVB, or UVC
UVA lighting includes the emission of the common blacklight with a range of 315nm to 400nm. UVB lighting is found in natural sunlight causing a sunburn with wavelengths measuring between 280 to 315nm. Both UVA and UVB lights are used to enhance many industries such as altering the properties of polymers by causing a photochemical reaction. Photochemical reactions are used to instantly dry polymers such as inks, varnishes and polymer resins to provide added strength and durability.
UVC lighting is found in the shorter wavelengths measuring 200 to 280nm and is proven highly effective in sterilization and purification purposes across many commercial and medical industries. UVB lighting is also very powerful to purify and disinfect air and water treatment systems.
As you can see, there are several useful purposes of UV lighting that can enhance the way we manufacture and treat products, clean our air, water and surfaces, and all with environmentally friendly practices.
Types of UV Lighting Lamps
UV lighting is developed in three basic styles of UV lamps for use in sterilization and curing processes. The three basic categories of UV lamps are:
- Low Pressure Amalgam Lamps
- Medium Pressure UV Lamps (MPUV) and Medium Pressure High Output (MPHO)
- High Pressure UV (HPUV) Lamps
LightSources is the Leading Manufacturer of all UV Lighting Lamp Styles
LightSources and our European partner, LightTech, are leading global manufacturers of all UV lighting solutions, with many resources including our modern glassworks facility in Hungary. We continually conduct research and development projects to bring cutting edge technology to the forefront of the industry in the form of high performing, long-lasting lamps and lamp products.
LightSources has contributed several patented products with advanced proprietary technology, outperforming the competition of comparable lamp styles and types. Our UV lamps and lighting solution products are found around the world, providing value to several applications and industries
LightSources Produces High Performing Low-Pressure Amalgam Lamps
Pellet amalgam technology developed by LightSources has several benefits over spot amalgam technology. LightSources and LightTech lead the industry with patented pellet amalgam lamps. Our low-pressure pellet amalgam lamps produce higher UV output in dimming conditions than spot amalgam lamps. With this technology, we are able to provide OEMs the benefit of higher UV output with reduced costs. Our amalgam lamps produce up to three times more output than comparable lamps of the same size.
Our low-pressure amalgam lamps are useful in curing applications such as instant drying and hardening of inks, varnishes, glazes and resins. You can also find our LP amalgam technology in germicidal applications such as disinfecting water in various treatment systems, including ships ballast water treatment systems.
Medium Pressure UV (MPUV) and Medium Pressure High Output (MPHO)
Medium pressure UV lamps are useful in the curing process when emitting UVA light in the range of 367 to 400nm, which is the most effective wavelength for curing inks and varnishes. MPUV lamps are also highly effective in UVC germicidal and microbial disinfection applications. With vacuum sealed lamps we are a leading producer of UV lighting solutions used in water purification applications, such as water treatment plants and ships ballast water treatment systems.
Medium Pressure High Output (MPHO) lamps are effective in wavelengths ranging from 200 to 400nm, generating high-temperatures between 600 and 900° C. LightSources offers custom solutions with any wattage ranging from 100 watts per inch (WPI) to 700 WPI, and sizes from 2 to 85 inches.
LightSources offers High Pressure UV Lamps (HPUV)
LightSources offers HPUV lamps also referred to as Halide lamps with short wavelength outputs peaking at 254 to 365nm. HPUV lamps emit high output to instantly harden resins and epoxies. LightSources provides custom HPUV solutions with additives such as Gallium-iodide which can increase the wavelengths to 400nm.
Many industries realize the benefit of HPUV lighting such as automotive, aerospace, food and beverage, medical, water treatment processes and many more.
LightSources Provides Custom UV Lighting Solutions for Any Application
No size is too large or small with LightSources custom designed lighting solutions. Our skilled engineers have vast experience in UV technology for virtually any application, with a deep understanding of the technology behind the products. We manufacture our lamps with the highest of quality materials including hermetic seals with molybdenum foil encasings, pure tungsten pin electrodes and hard quartz capillary materials. Our lamps are filled with the exact pressure and phosphors required to provide maximum effectiveness for your application. Our valued partner, Cerlux, offers custom designed ceramic bases available in any color.
LightSources and our valued partner companies follow strict ISO Registered quality practices, with full traceability with serial numbers throughout the production process. Contact us today to learn more about our UV lamps and all UV lighting solutions.