Can UV light sanitize?
There are four wavelengths of light in the UV spectrum, including Vacuum UV, Short Wave UV or UV-C, Middle-UV or UV-B, and then Long-wave UV or UV-A. UV light is on the invisible spectrum of light. Germicidal UV light is UVC light since it has been tested to be the least harmful and has the most effective germicidal properties of the three wavelengths.
UVC light has been proven through multiple lab tests and studies to eradicate Tuberculosis, Influenza, SARS, Measles, Smallpox, Anthrax, Glanders, the Pneumonic plague, among dozens of other infections. Healthcare facilities and medical laboratories were the first major industries to adopt germicidal UV technology to disinfect sterile environments and to prevent hospital-acquired infections – a major concern for hospitals.
UVC light attacks the RNA and DNA of viruses and bacteria, which stops them from replicating. In order to grow and spread, viruses and bacteria need to replicate, that’s why attacking their RNA and DNA effectively kills them.
UV disinfection lights are lights that use the UVC wavelength to kill bacteria and viruses. UVC light is not safe for human exposure. It can damage a person’s eye cornea and cause a flash burn. In order to safely use germicidal UV light for sterilization and disinfection, you should use an industrial UV sanitizer.
Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of products available online and through different retailers, especially now that interest has peaked in the devices. Some UV disinfection units come in a handheld wand-type package, others are attached to your ceiling, like a regular light in your building. Many of these types of devices are touted as being housed with an effective disinfection and sanitizer system, but be wary of these products.
The only way to effectively mitigate the risk of viruses in a building is to use commercial UV room sterilizer equipment that emits an effective UVC light dose and disinfects all surfaces, rather than shining the germicidal light in just one area.
How to disinfect and clean your facility?
Trying to clean a large facility can seem like an overwhelming task, but it is possible. Commercial grade UV-C light sanitizers are designed to be mobile and used in places such as hospitals, laboratories, office buildings, schools, and other institutions.
Mobile UV room sterilizers often provide a higher level of germicidal output than other types of cleaners. This high level of ultraviolet light kills germs by penetrating through the surfaces they inhabit and disrupting their DNA. The result is a disinfected space that has fewer harmful contaminants in the air or on surfaces for you to breathe in or come into contact with.
The benefits of having a mobile commercial UV sterilizer or industrial UV sanitizer are they are easier to transport and use to disinfect rooms when needed. Schools, corporate offices, and gyms are a few examples of places that might use commercial UV room sterilizer equipment.
In contrast to a stationary UV room sanitizer, these types of devices can move from room to room or to other parts of the institution.
The best commercial ultraviolet disinfection and sanitizer units are mobile devices. As an energy solutions consultant company with our roots in lighting, we’ve found the best UV disinfection system to be the R-Zero device.