LightSources and our strategic partner, LightTech, are the world leaders in designing and manufacturing a proprietary UV germicidal bulb that offers a safe, simple, and cost-effective solution for a multitude of industries.  Our high-tech UV bulbs are used in industrial applications that require water, air, and surface disinfection.

Examples of air disinfection applications include odor control, disinfection, and elimination of VOCs and industrial exhausts containing solvents.  For industrial water disinfection, germicidal UVC water purification is a good alternative to chemical treatment and is used in water reclamation, wastewater, drinking water, and industrial and commercial process water among others.  Additionally, UV germicidal bulb technology is an excellent solution for surface disinfection in industries that deal with food processing.

How Does a UV Germicidal Bulb Work?

A UV germicidal bulb is a device that converts electricity into ultraviolet radiation and generates energy in the UV spectrum to destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses (microorganisms).  Nucleic acids are the genetic material targeted by the UV disinfection energy.  When the UV penetrates the cell and is absorbed by the nucleic acids, a rearrangement of the genetic information occurs and interferes with the cells’ ability to reproduce.  Any cell that cannot reproduce is considered dead and is unable to multiply to infectious numbers within a host.

The most common type of UV germicidal bulb is a low-pressure; mercury/rare-gas discharge device.  It is similar to fluorescent lamps both in operation and construction except for the fact that the tube does not contain a phosphor coating on the lamp wall.

The body of a UV germicidal lamp may be filled with pure Argon or with a mix of rare gasses that includes Argon, Neon, Krypton, Xenon, and/or others depending on the application the UV germicidal bulb is intended for.  In addition, there is also a small amount of mercury in the lamp that is used to provide ultraviolet radiation.  It can be made of pure fused quartz, quartz with Titanium doping, or a “soft” glass.

LightSources and our affiliated companies, LCD Lighting, Voltarc along with strategic partners LightTech, and Cerlux represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  In addition to our high-quality standard lamps and components, we specialize in customizing the best solution and technology to meet our partner’s unique needs.  We encourage you to find out more about our proprietary, technologically advanced UV germicidal bulb.