The Pandemic has shown the massive impact pathogens can have on our lives.
Finding ways to reduce the spread of pathogens has become a priority for organizations.
Figuring out how to do this can be intimidating and difficult.
Decades of research and history demonstrate UV light can effectively inactivate many common pathogens.
UV light must be applied carefully to balance safety and pathogen reduction.
There are many UV light disinfection strategies that can be tailored to specific requirements.
Continual air and surface disinfection technology is designed to neutralize pathogens with people present, while meeting safety guidelines. Ideal applications for continual air and surface disinfection solutions include office conference rooms, house of worship, restaurants, classrooms and other high-touch spaces. Utilizing 222nm wavelengths, the UV light can inactivate viruses and bacteria by disrupting the RNA and DNA, preventing reproduction.
Intense air and surface disinfection technology is designed for rapid reduction of the pathogenic bioburden while a space is unoccupied. Ideal applications for intense air and room disinfection solutions are operating rooms, school restrooms, gym workout rooms, teacher breakrooms and other high touch spaces that can be treated while occupants are NOT present. Utilizing a broad spectrum of UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths, the UV can inactivate viruses and bacteria by disrupting the RNA and DNA, preventing reproduction.
UV onboard air disinfection technology is a modern approach to UV germicidal upper air room treatment. Since the air chamber is sealed, there is not UV light present in the space, which means this UV light disinfection technology is inherently safe and does not run the risk of degrading any room materials. Utilizing 254nm UV wavelengths, the pathogen-contaminated air comes up through the chamber, passes through a concealed chamber containing 254nm wavelengths which treats the air automatically and continuously, and then the treated air exits the chamber into the room.
Science-based approaches from Acuity Brands, a lighting leader with over 100 years of lighting experience.
Offering a diversity of solutions for your unique requirements. Including strategies for occupied and unoccupied spaces, focused on inactivation of harmful pathogens on surfaces or in the air or a combination.
Occupant safety is our top priority. Our carefully engineered products can meet or exceed safety regulatory guidelines.
What is UV Lighting?
UV Lighting is a method of incorporating ultraviolet UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths into light fixtures to inactivate pathogens. Pathogens that can be inactivated may include both viruses and bacteria. Reduction of the pathogenic bioburden can be achieved both in the air and on surfaces depending on the type of fixture. There are many types of technologies and some can be used in occupied spaces while some require the space to be unoccupied.
Does UV Light Kill Viruses?
Technically no. Since a virus is not a living organism, it cannot be killed. However, UVC Light can inactivate viruses by disrupting the DNA and RNA genetic material in the virus which prevents it from reproducing.
Does UV Light Kill Bacteria?
UVC Light can kill (inactivate) bacteria by damaging the DNA and RNA genetic material in the bacteria. UVB, UVA, and even visible light, can also inactivate bacteria, however, in these longer wavelengths, effectiveness is diminished since the inactivation method changes and no longer disrupts the DNA and RNA.
What are UV Lights used for?
UV Lights can be used in a multitude of occupied and unoccupied spaces depending on the type of UV light disinfection strategy you implement. UV lights can be used for inactivating viruses and bacteria in virtually any space. Acuity Brands recommends utilizing UV light disinfection in spaces such as school classrooms, office conference rooms, restaurant and hospitality, public areas, health clubs, hospital patient rooms, operating rooms, and other spaces high-touch spaces.
*All references to “disinfection” are referring generally to the reduction of pathogenic bioburden and are not intended to refer to any specific definition of the term as may be used for other purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The disinfection technology as incorporated in Acuity Brands products is not for use as or for medical devices. Reduction of the pathogenic bioburden is a function of fixture run time, distance to the UV light source and/or other factors, and the level of reduction will vary within a specific space.
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