Luxibel reveals air and surface disinfection units using UVC technology
UVC radiation is known to break the DNA of bacteria, viruses and spores. As a result, they are rendered harmless. UVC radiation can be used for multiple purposes in water and air treatment, but is primarily employed as a disinfection process that inactivates micro-organisms without chemicals.
The new Luxibel luminaires are manufactured in Europe and use high-quality Philips UV components. UVC technology has been in existence for quite some time with applications mainly in water treatment plants and for sterilization of medical equipment. The technology’s effectiveness has been extensively tested and proven by law. Luxibel is now expanding the field of applications in the fight against COVID-19.
The focus is on luminaires featuring direct, indirect and hybrid UVC lighting. The B Direct & B Direct II use direct radiation while the B Air focuses on indirect air purification. The B Hybrid combines direct and indirect radiation. All direct-radiating fixtures have a standard double security with a moving sensor and an alarm LED light and beeper. A broad-scale of accessories are also available, such as mounting arms, wireless control units, active carbon air filters and spare UVC lamps.
The units with direct UVC light can only be activated in areas where no physical persons are present during the disinfection process. UVC radiation is harmful to human skin and eyes. Hans Vanderheijden of Luxibel explains: "The appliances with direct lighting can only disinfect unpopulated spaces, for example before and after office or opening hours or during intermittent breaks. But we are also launching a variant where the UVC light sources are enclosed in a housing through which air flows. As a result, the ambient air is disinfected safely and the device can remain activated 24/7 without being harmful to humans. Viruses are largely transmitted through the air (for example, by coughing or sneezing) - and our device ensures that the air is disinfected. This investment is not only interesting now, in light of the coronavirus, but also helps neutralize recurring viruses (such as flu), dust mites, moulds, bacteria and other micro-organisms.”
Luxibel sees a very broad application of this technology. Installation is possible in office and meeting rooms, hospitals, residential care centres, waiting rooms, doctor's offices, public transport, theatres, cinema halls, supermarkets, reception areas, catering, retail, petrol stations, in furnished areas to disinfect materials or clothing, or even at home.
CEO Glenn Roggeman sees the broader use of this technology as a positive contribution to the well-being of society. For the installation, he is launching an appeal to companies in the audiovisual industry that have lost income due to the crisis. "Our customers are professionals who are familiar with this technology and its implementation. We will be able to supply over 100,000 units for immediate installation in the coming weeks and months. In this way, our customers can also tap into a new source of income during this crisis."
Deliveries are planned from May 2020.