Harbert lighting said it signed an authorization agreement with University of Strathclyde to get the University's continuous disinfection technology. The continuous disinfection technology announced by GE's Current company is based on the luminance under the visible spectrum and ultraviolet range, and has intellectual property rights.
The concept of continuous disinfection is aimed at pathogens that lurk in sports dressing rooms, food and beverage areas, and medical institutions.
UV-C can kill most of the pathogens immediately, but its spectral range of 100-280 nanometers also kills healthy cells and is dangerous to human eyes and other organs. Longer wavelengths of light will take longer to kill bacteria, but they can be used together on site.Hubbell Lighting
John DiNardi, general manager and vice president of Harbert's lighting unit business, says the company will locate applications such as the dressing room and call it high intensity narrow spectrum (HINS) lighting.After obtaining technology licensing, Harbert lighting's component team will develop intellectual based optical engines and other components, such as linear optical engines.
At first, the technology will enter the market through Hubbell Lighting brand on all kinds of luminaires. Harbert lighting may also eventually provide support for other lighting manufacturers.
Current is currently the first company that plans to use UV for continuous disinfection. The company says the method relies on UV-A luminescence. In general, UV-A means the wavelength of the 315-400nm. The upper limit of the UV-A range is just below that of the purple 405nm region in the visible products. Current said its products will glow in the 300-380nm range.
Current seems to focus UV-A technology on healthcare centric applications.
The company says the reentry rate, which is associated with medical related infections, accounts for 28% of all reentry rates, and the company hopes that the continuous disinfection technology can positively affect the trend. Companies can use this technology in many forms.