Healthcare

Osram unveils UV-C range to tackle coronavirus

An electronic unit on a floor surrounded by coronviruses
The AirZing UV-C Compact products work on a simple principle: the ambient air is drawn into the device with the aid of a fan, bypassed by the UV-C light source and then released back into the room ‘cleaned of viruses and germs’.

OSRAM has become the latest big lighting brand to unveil its range of UV-C products. 

The company has unveiled two flexible products to mobile applications. 

With AirZing UV-Compact, available in Standard and Pro version, Osram is launching two portable products from a new portfolio that can be used as part of a Covid-secure strategy. 

The UV-C light sources – traditional low-pressure discharge lamps rather than LEDs – are installed in devices in such a way that no light is emitted into the environment. 

The UV-C light is shielded inside the housing, which allows air purifiers to be used safely in the presence of humans and animals.

The products work on a simple principle: the ambient air is drawn into the device with the aid of a fan, bypassed by the UV-C light source and then released back into the room ‘cleaned of viruses and germs’. 

The two versions of AirZing UV Compact, in the size of a hairspray can, can be taken everywhere thanks to the USB rechargeable battery. 

They can be used in applications such as on desks or in cars. 

The battery life is about 90 minutes. 

In addition to the UV-C light source, the AirZing UV-Compact Pro version is equipped with a HEPA filter to protect against bigger particles such as pollen and dust.

The company is emphasising its pedigree in the sector. ‘Osram has decades of experience in sterilisation and disinfection using UV-C light,’ said Dr. Wilhelm Nehring, CEO of the Business Unit Digital at Osram. 

‘This expertise from professional applications such as surface and air disinfection in hospitals or the drinking water purification, we bring with two variants of our product AirZing UV-Compact now for everyone usable in offices, cars and home.’

The company points out that the AirZing series for surface disinfection has already been used in over 2,000 hospitals in Wuhan and Beijing, China, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. 

In addition, around 10,000 products were delivered for use in Chinese kindergartens.