The Technology Newsletter is written by ALA Director of Engineering and Technology Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, to update members on the latest technology issues and ideas.
ALA now has access to information and reports dealing with smart home products and systems resulting from focused research on the technology as well as the market forces, trends, customer needs and behaviors.
UVC germicidal devices:
What consumers need to know
Consumer UVC germicidal devices are entering the market rapidly because of an increased demand for sanitizing and germicidal capabilities in the face of COVID-19. But are they all safe?
We have listed links to further reading on UV-C light. These are technical articles recommended by Terry McGowan, Dir. of Engineering, American Lighting Association.
The use of germicidal lighting as a potential way to combat germs and viruses, including COVID-19, is receiving a lot of interest and publicity lately. Germicidal ultraviolet "light" or GUV refers to the technology of germicidal lighting, which utilizes ultraviolet-emitting sources. While GUV is a technology with great opportunity, it is more complicated than simply turning on a UV light.
Thursday, August 6, 2020/Categories: Newsletters, Technology, Engineering & Technology, Ultraviolet Light & Covid 19
Aug. 4, 2020
As an industry that is being significantly impacted from the ramifications of COVID-19, it is important to gauge the opportunities in front of us and how we can differentiate our businesses moving forward. Our top priority is to do everything we can to help our members and the lighting industry remain healthy, both in body and business.
Terry McGowan, FIES, LC
Director, Engineering & Technology
A warning/position paper titled "Ultraviolet-C (UVC) germicidal devices: what consumers need to know" is being issued jointly by the ALA, NEMA and UL. It is intended to be distributed widely and used by ALA members and their customers – including retail consumers – in order to provide important information about ultraviolet-emitting lighting products that are now being sold for disinfection of rooms, surfaces, materials and objects in the home. Such UV germicidal products may or may not be effective and can cause damage to eyes and skin as well as to house plants, pets and a variety of materials used for home furnishings and decorations.
To view the position paper, go to the ALA website at GUVSafety.com.
I’ve added the following technical points because they are particularly important to those who are involved in residential lighting and who are also working to properly understand and apply UV germicidal products in the home. We expect new products to be developed including stand-alone UV fixtures and fixtures with conventional as well as UV germicidal lighting built into them. New types of ceiling fans might also offer disinfection for individual rooms as well as large social spaces in commercial, hospitality, and retirement facilities.
There is a growing demand and opportunity for new residential lighting fixtures and ceiling fan products that are designed to disinfect room air while preventing direct exposure of people and furnishings to the UVC emissions.
Thank you for your interest (and feedback) regarding our UV germicidal efforts. There is much more to learn about the subject and your suggestions are welcome.
Dir. of Engineering & Technology
American Lighting Association
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