About Ultraviolet light

What is  (UV) Ultraviolet light?

Ultraviolet light is a naturally occurring component of sunlight. It falls in the region between visible light and X-Rays in the electromagnetic spectrum.  Generally, UV light is considered as falling between 100nm & 400nm in wave-length, however UV light in itself can be categorized even further into separate regions.  Of these UV regions, UVC is recognized as having significant germicidal properties. UVC light is however, almost entirely filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere. As such, if we are to utilize the germicidal properties of UVC light, we have to artificially generate it here on Earth using commercially produced UV lamps.

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Is UV light harmful?

UV light is good and necessary for our environment but too much exposure or exposure to intense rays can be detrimental.  UVA, UVB, and UVC can all damage collagen fibers and, therefore, accelerate aging of the skin.  Prolonged exposure to UVC light will also damage the eyes.

Used correctly however, UV light can be a very healthy, useful and effective tool.  

What types of ultraviolet (UV) light are used in your machine?

We use both UVA and UVC in both of our machines.  Blue light is also utilized in the Gorilla UV unit.