What is Germicidal Ultraviolet?
Ultraviolet-C light is germicidal. Sounds intense, right? That just means that it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens destroying their ability to multiply and cause disease. Let’s talk science for a little. The UV-C light causes damage to the nucleic acid of microorganisms. It forms covalent bonds between certain adjacent bases in the DNA which prevents the DNA from being unzipped for replication. This renders the organism unable to reproduce and if it tries, it dies. Thats harsh for the bacteria… but good for you.
What Are the Beneficial Uses?
Ultraviolet technology is great because it can disinfect with no chemicals at all. In fact, nothing is added during the process making it simple, inexpensive and it requires very low maintenance. Ultraviolet purifiers use germicidal lamps that are designed to produce a certain amount of ultraviolet light. (Usually at least 16,000 microwatt seconds per square centimeter but many units actually have a much higher dosage.)
This process works great with…
- Under Sink Installs & Water Vending Machines
- Aircraft, Boats & Recreational Vehicles
- Water Wells & Water Cisterns
- Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
- Farms, Ranches & Trailer Parks
- Schools & Hotels
- Aquarium, Hatcheries and Nurseries
- Ice Making
- Brewery & Winery
- Soft Drinks, Fruit Drinks and Juices
- Bottling Facilities
- Dairy Processing
- Liquid Sugars, Sweeteners and Edible Oils
- Water Based Lubricants
- Pure Wash Water
- Pharmaceutical Production
- Laboratories, Hospitals and Clinics
- Maternity Labor and Delivery Areas
- Pathology Labs, Kidney Dialysis
- Animal Husbandry
- Cosmetics and Electronic Production
- Pond & Lake Reclamation
- Laundry Water
How does it work?
Profile’s purifier units contain one or more germicidal ultraviolet lamps. These germicidal lamps produced are short wave low pressure mercury vapor tubes that produce ultraviolet wavelengths that are lethal to microorganisms. Approximately 95% of the ultraviolet energy emitted is at the mercury resonance line of 254 nanometers. This wavelength is in the region of maximum germicidal effectiveness and is highly lethal to virus, bacteria and mold spores. Therefore, the water or air that passes through the chamber is exposed to the germicidal uv light and the genetic material of the microorganism is deactivated, which preventing them from reproduction and rendering them harmless.