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Theatre installs UV-C lights to tackle coronavirus

The stalls and dress circle of a theatre
The Royal Theatre, a Madrid icon which recently reopened its doors to the public, says the lights provide an extra layer of protection for its artists, employees and spectators.

A MAJOR theatre has unveiled a permanent installation of UV-C luminaires to help ensure the building is Covid-secure.

The Royal Theatre, a Madrid icon which recently reopened its doors to the public, says the lights provide an extra layer of protection for its artists, employees and spectators.

It says UV-C is a ‘tried and tested’ solution and a complement to traditional cleaning.

It ‘will ensures 99.9 per cent’ virus inactivation.

The venue is also following the strict guidelines for entertainment destinations set out by the Madrid authorities.

These include limiting audience capacity, the provision of hydroalcoholic gel for cleaning hands and the mandatory use of masks during the entire performance.

The Teatro Real Project collaborated with lighting controls integrator Stonex which advised on the best ways to disinfect the different areas within the theatre. 

The installation incorporates four GoldenSea UV UVL150 units within the stage and auditorium areas, and two of the mobile GSUV UVM216 unit for backstage and rehearsal rooms.

Protection measures for the UV-C light include delayed start to allow the evacuation of the area to be disinfected; remote control; motion sensor that switches off the device when it detects movement of a person or animal; drop sensor (in mobile units); red or green indicator lights, as well as an audio warning signal.

The luminaires use quartz-glass mercury tubes that allow full transmission of ultraviolet light in the spaces to be disinfected. 

It is an ozone-free technology that leaves no residues.

The UVL150 device can be used for either fixed installations or mobile use. 

It reaches 160 square metres in 120 minutes. The UVM216 model is designed for use in spaces from 60 to 240 square metres. 

Its dimensions are slightly taller than that of the UVL150 and it is supported on wheels which facilitate its easy movement from one area to another.  

The UV-C installation has been designed with built-in security measures which Stonex says guarantee compliance with the UNE 0068 specification and safe handling.

These include delayed start to allow the evacuation of the area to be disinfected; remote control; motion sensor that switches off the device when it detects movement of a person or animal; drop sensor (in mobile units); red or green indicator lights, as well as an audio warning signal.