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UVC Light Bulbs and Germicidal Lamps

What are UVC Lights?

UVC lights are UV germicidal bulbs that emit very short ultraviolet wavelengths from 100 to 280 nanometers that damages the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. UVC light does this by damaging the nucleic acid in microorganisms so they cannot unzip for replication. This means the organism cannot reproduce and will die. The kill rate of UVC light depends on the specific microorganism you are trying to combat as well as the dosage it receives from the lamp. Dosage is a combination of exposure time and intensity (microwatts per square centimeter). Be sure you know how much ultraviolet light you need before selecting a specific lamp. If you need assistance, feel free to contact our support staff.

These lamps can help eradicate harmful bacteria and are used for a variety of things, namely in the purification of food, water and air. Because germicidal light bulbs are intended to rid an area of microorganisms, it is essential that the bulbs have regularly scheduled cleaning and are replaced annually to guarantee efficiency. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning the lamps to protect your hands and keep your skin's natural oils off the lamps and use alcohol only. This will help maximize the lamp's life.

UV Germicidal Bulb Options

Available in an assortment of options, such as 2-pin, 4-pin, screw-in, linear bi-pin, and plug-in compact, you'll find the right UV light bulb for your application. Many of these lights work in conjunction with specially-designed ballasts that control the electric current flowing to the bulb. For help finding everything you need to disinfect any location, give us a call at 1-800-624-4488 to speak to a lighting expert.