Stay protected with UV-C products
Updated: Feb 3
Here are a few answers to UV-C FAQ we had encountered. If you do not find an answer to your question, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to chat re your query.
Can I use UVC lamps in my home?
Yes – ultraviolet lamps are used widely in homes, as well as in hospitals, doctors offices, and other commercial and residential environments throughout the world – any place where a concern for clean air exists.
Will germicidal UV take care of mould? UV-C FAQ
Yes. Germicidal UVC lamps will kill up to 99.9% of mould and help prevent future mould growth.
How often do the lamps need to be replaced? UV-C FAQ
Our germicidal UVC lamps are good for approximately 8,000 hours of continuous use.
Should UVC lamps be cleaned? UV-C FAQ
Yes – depending on the surrounding environment, UVC lamps should be checked periodically (approximately every three months), and can be cleaned with a dry cotton cloth or paper towel. Wear rubber gloves and clean with alcohol only. This will also help maximize lamp life.
How much intensity do I need to kill certain organisms?
The average bacterium will be killed in ten seconds at a distance of 15centimeters from the UVC lamp.
How do germicidal lamps kill?
Ultraviolet light in the germicidal wavelength breaks down the DNA of the organism - so they can't replicate. When organisms can no longer reproduce, they die.
How hot do the lamps get?
Germicidal UVC lamps do not produce much heat – about the same as fluorescent lamps.
What damage will the lamps do to me?
Prolonged, direct exposure to UVC light can cause temporary skin redness and eye irritation, but does not cause skin cancer or cataracts. Most good UV-C lamps have a safety mechanism to prevent any damage - they will immediately shut off if movement is detected.
What effects does UV light have on surrounding materials?
Long-term exposure of germicidal UVC light to plastics will shorten the shelf life of the plastic by approximately 10%. Example: If the plastic would normally last about ten years, and it’s exposed to germicidal UVC light the entire time, it would probably need to be replaced in 9 years.
Normally, you would only use the UV lamp for short periods of time-- around 30 -60 mins.
Can germicidal UVC penetrate surfaces or substances?
No – germicidal UVC sterilizes only what it comes in contact with.