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THE WORLD’S biggest lighting company says it’s adopting the Global Lighting Association’s guidelines on the safe use of UV-C to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.  Signify – which contributed to the drawing up of the measures – says it has already applied these guidelines, in conjunction with other applicable standards, to its new range of UV-C disinfection solutions. Earlier...
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By Rachel Gordon MIT CSAIL/MIT News A REAL-WORLD trial of an ultraviolet lighting robot has shown that it can provide an effective extra layer of protection against the coronavirus, say scientists.  Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tested an autonomous UV-C system’s success in disinfecting a food bank in Boston.  The approach uses a...
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THE AMBITIONS of the lighting industry to be a major supplier of UV-C products was given a boost today as 239 scientists declared that airborne transmission of the coronavirus is much more significant than previously thought.  In an open letter to the W.H.O., the researchers from 32 countries outlined the evidence showing that smaller particles can...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...