Healthcare

FAR-UVC ultraviolet light – which is safe to use around people – kills 99.9 per cent of coronaviruses in the air, a study has found. Crucially, far-UVC at 222 nanometres isn’t harmful to people unlike conventional UV-C at 254 nanometres, which is the wavelength of most of the lamps produced by the lighting industry.   Scientists...
Healthcare

THE LIGHTING industry is ramping up production of UV-C lamps across the world in an effort to benefit from the surge in demand driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The coronavirus crisis is leading to an unprecedented interest in the power of passive ultraviolet lighting to disinfect workplaces. In particular, attention is centring on the use...
Healthcare

SIGNIFY is blowing the dust off a traditional technology in the fight against coronavirus: mercury vapour lamps.  Company chief Eric Rondolat says the medium-pressure light source alone has the potency to kill the virus rapidly. He envisions a booming market for upper-room disinfection, in which air-borne viruses are killed by UV-C light from mercury lamps...
Healthcare

SO, THE WORLD is in lockdown and the leader of the free world has suggested that we might use light to kill the coronavirus.  And, as we are lighting dudes and gals and everything in between, I’d say this is our bailiwick: we are just the people to look into this. Seeing President Trump’s advice,...
Healthcare

A DANISH specialist in healthcare and human-centric lighting has claimed a breakthrough after it successfully killed 99.99 per cent of bacteria in 10 minutes using a light fitted with UV-C LEDs. Lightcare says the experiment is a proof of the concept that luminaires fitted with UV-C can play a role in disinfecting spaces and help...
Lighting Industry

THE LIGHTING industry, already in the throes of a painful adjustment to a post-LED world, has been thrown into further turmoil by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ray Molony predicts eight ways the crisis could change the sector.  Shuji Nakamura’s invention of the blue LED in 1993 swept away many of the lighting industry’s most treasured certainties: ...
Lighting Industry

THE GOVERNMENT has set out its advice to lighting professionals, electrical contractors, manufacturers and others struggling to deal with waste lamps and luminaires during the covid-19 lockdown. It says organisations providing essential services during the crisis can continue to operate, although in a difficult environment, whilst applying appropriate social distancing requirements.   It states that...
Lighting Industry

THE WORLD’S largest lighting company is asking all its employees to sign up to a voluntary scheme which will see their hours and salaries cut by 20 per cent. Signify has written to all its workers in what is describing as a ‘call for solidarity and unity’ asking them to agree the measures, which also...
Healthcare

LEADING scientists with expertise in ultraviolet lighting have stepped into the global debate on dealing with the coronavirus crisis. The International Commission on Illumination (CIE) has decided to published a number of its key technical reports and international standards on the topic of ultraviolet lighting. These publications will be freely available for the next three...
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LIGHTING manufacturers, building services consultants, designers and architects have mobilised to help the National Health Service create the new Nightingale Hospital in London’s Docklands. Marlow Integrated Designs is supplying 4,000 linear LED bedhead luminaires to each of the bed cubicles in the facility, which is being built at breakneck speed inside the ExCeL Exhibition Centre....