About UV-C

What is UV-C light?

UV-C is one of many wavelengths of electromagnetic frequencies that emanate from the sun. The UV stands for Ultraviolet (the type of light), and the C is the further designation of its type as there also are A and B types of Ultraviolet light commonly associated with sunlight. However, UV-C is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere (ozone). UV-C is known to have a germicidal effect, and has been used for decades in clinical and medical settings to disinfect items.

How does UV-C work to kill germs?

The UV-C light is used on surfaces and items. When items are placed in your Puritize system the UV-C light breaks apart DNA in the microorganisms. With the DNA broken, the microorganism is unable to function or reproduce, rendering it inactive and can kill it.

Is UV-C safe?

When used correctly, UV-C light is safe to use on surfaces and items we used daily. While it will not damage electronics, it may cause fading over time, similar to regular sun exposure, so limit use on delicate items and leathers.

The UV-C lamps in your Puritize system will not illuminate when the lid is open. This is a built-in safety mechanism, so there is no exposure to skin or eyes that are known to be harmful. Using UV-C wands especially are potentially dangerous as they may potentially expose skin and eyes to the light. Exposure to UV-C can cause skin burns and painful eye injury.

What wavelength is used in Puritize lamps?

The Puritize lamp UV-C light is 254 nanometers (nm). Government and Academic studies have shown that when bacteria is exposed to UV-C light in the range of 200 nm to 300 nm it is absorbed and destroys the DNA, RNA, and proteins.