Healthcare

A TEAM of robots packed with powerful UC-V lighting has joined the fight against the coronavirus at Heathrow Airport.  The self-driving machines patrol the gates, toilets, waiting zones and other  areas when they are unoccupied and disinfect the rooms, handrails, handles and furniture using powerful UV-C light to kill bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms....
Healthcare

DESPITE the promise that far UV-C is less harmful to humans than standard UV-C, it’s not ready for general use without further research, say experts. Scientists from the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) say there is ‘not yet sufficient evidence to support widespread application’ where direct human exposure is anticipated.  The IUVA recommends that far UV-C...
Healthcare

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...
Healthcare

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...
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...
Office

UK OFFICE furniture giant Bisley is to supply meeting pods and phone booths with ultraviolet lighting to kill bacteria and viruses.  It’s the latest in line of UV lighting products to hit the market in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The units, made by Vetrospace in Finland, are ‘the most hygienic, private modular spaces...
Healthcare

THE GLOBAL Lighting Association has added its voice to debate on the use of ultraviolet light to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. It says it is becoming increasingly concerned at the proliferation of disinfecting devices based on ultraviolet lighting – particularly being sold on the internet – with dubious safety features and inadequate safety instructions.  This...
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...