UV-C surface disinfection

Surface disinfection

When someone coughs or exhales, they release droplets of fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects, such as desks, tables or keyboards. Since viruses can live on surfaces such as wood and metal  for 4-5 days, other people could become infected by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Source: World Health Organization

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High contact environments and objects

Deep UV-C disinfection of high contact environments and objects

In high contact areas such as schools, retail outlets, industry, offices and public transportation, UV-C can be used  for a deep disinfection of surfaces (e.g., floors, walls). 

  • Open luminaires: Fixed installation on the ceiling, radiating UV-C directly without shielding, therefore no people can be present in the room. A control system is required to help correct usage.
  • UV-C trolleys: These can be positioned centrally in a standard-sized room to inactivate viruses and bacteria on surfaces. Safeguard controls include a timer to plan disinfection for a predefined period, remote control and motion sensors.  
  • UV-C robots: Intelligent and autonomous robots designed for indoor virus prevention. They usually navigate autonomously to disinfect surfaces and include various control safeguards to ensure correct usage.

Calculate the numbers of luminaires needed to achieve the desired disinfection level for surfaces.

Typical applications of uv-c germicidal lamps

UV-C can be used in the transportation sector to disinfect interior surfaces - icon

UV-C can be used in the transportation sector to disinfect interior surfaces in between rides. It also has applications in the retail (shopping carts, counters), industry and offices sectors

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In the food industry, UV -C can disinfect transport belts and packaging materials (yoghurt cups, drinking bottles etc.). It can also be used to directly treat products to increase shelf life and preserve nutritional value (fewer preservatives required).

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When growing plants, it is possible to reduce mold growth or diseases by radiating them directly with UV-C. This helps to reduce the use of pesticides.

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For household equipment such as baby bottle sterilizers, dish dryers, etc., UV-C offers extra security after cleaning and helps to maintain a clean surface during storage.

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UV-C disinfection services

The effectiveness and correct usage of a UV-C solution starts with the right application design. Building on 35 years of experience in UV-C products and applications, we provide UV-C services throughout the different phases in the project cycle including design, project management, regular check ups and maintenance. Check our Signify company website for more information about our services for UV-C disinfection.

A word of caution

UV-C lighting presents minimum risk when used in the correct way. Direct exposure to UV-C is dangerous. The lighting must always be installed with adequate shields and safeguards (such as presence detection sensors or timers) to avoid light damage and severe injuries to the eyes and skin. The UV-C disinfection luminaires we provide without such safeguards are intended only to be used as components in disinfection systems that contain any safeguards indicated, but not limited to, those specified in mounting instructions and user manuals.

Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires must only be sold by Signify or through qualified partners and installed by qualified professionals according to our stringent safety and legal requirements.

None of our UV-C lamps are certified or approved as a medical device anywhere in the world and should not be used as such. They should never be used in applications or activities that may cause and/or lead to death, personal injury and/or damage to the environment. Plants and/or materials that are exposed to higher dosages of UV-C may become damaged and/or discolored.