SOME 217 contractors, resellers and wholesalers have signed up to promote and distribute Signify’s Philips-branded UV-C lighting range in a major push to promote the technology in the UK.
The network will help sell and safely install the company’s recently-unveiled disinfection products, which it says can help in the effort to make workplaces, schools, offices, hospitality venues, shops and transport Covid-secure.
Signify has made major investments in anticipation that the market for upper-room disinfection using UV-C lighting is set to dramatically expand.
Signify is increasing production of its UV-C mercury lamps by eight-fold, and has introduced no fewer than 12 product ranges using UV-C light.
The launches included UV-C luminaires designed for the deep disinfection of surfaces in offices, schools and toilets.
They are equipped with sensors and controls to ensure that they only operate when people and animals aren’t present.
Other products include mobile, freestanding UV-C luminaires that can be wheeled into a hotel room or used to disinfect surfaces on public transport such as buses and trains.
For the disinfection of objects, such as visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops and wallets Signify is launching a range of UV-C disinfection chambers for use in offices and municipal buildings.
In the retail sector they can be used to disinfect returned items, glasses or clothes tried on in a changing room.
The company has started a marketing programme which has included promoting the technology to electrical contractors on the popular YouTube channel Efixx. A training programme is also available.
Alongside ceiling- and wall-mounted UV-C lighting units, Signify is promoting its Dynalite UV-C control system which has a number of mechanical and network safeguards to help prevent exposure to harmful UV rays while at the same time applying the appropriate UV-C dosage.
Signify warns that the lighting must always be installed with adequate shields and safeguards (such as presence detection sensors or timers) to avoid light damage and severe injuries to the eyes and skin.
The UV-C disinfection luminaires it provides without such safeguards ‘are intended only to be used as components in disinfection systems that contain any safeguards indicated, but not limited to, those specified in mounting instructions and user manuals’.
Signify says the UV-C disinfection luminaires must only be sold by Signify or through qualified partners, and installed by qualified professionals according to its ‘stringent safety and legal requirements’.
It also emphasises that its UV-C lamps are not certified or approved as a medical device anywhere in the world, and should not be used as such.
They should never be used in applications or activities that may cause and/or lead to death, personal injury and/or damage to the environment’.