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ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting

04/17/11 LEDs Improve the Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Lighting Applications

Inspecting currency is one of the largest commercial applications of UV lighting in the US. With the incorporation of a fluorescent strip into the composition of common paper currency, financial institutions and law enforcement have been provided with an easy and non destructive way to verify bill authenticity. The effectiveness of this testing method and the exploding growth of electronic and other non denominational forms of currency exchange has quickly led to the incorporation of UV markers in credit and debit cards, bonds, titles and all manner of financial documentation. The real growth of UV light application, however, has occurred in the medical, military and industrial fields. UV light can kill germs, reveal flaws in materials and manufactured products, identify previously marked goods for later identification in criminal investigations, speed the curing process in adhesives and coatings and hundreds of other uses.

Some of the most interesting exploitation of UV light’s unique properties has taken place in the military and law enforcement industries. Given the highly critical nature of these industries, UV lighting is proving an invaluable tool that seems to continually increase in usefulness as more and more practical applications are discovered. The military holds one of the longest interests in UV light use and took practical advantage of it as early as WW2 when UV light was used to illuminate cockpit instruments in aircraft instead of the luminous and radioactive materials more commonly used. Using UV light in this manner kept intrusive lighting to a minimum and reduced the crew’s exposure to potentially hazardous luminous materials that relied on radioactive elements for their luminosity.

Later developments resulted from the discovery that UV light was effective in sterilization procedures and it wasn’t long before water, medical instruments and similar materials were being effectively treated by the military with UV radiation. One of the drawbacks to the practical use of UV light, however, has been the inefficiency and high heat production of UV lighting equipment. Producing UV light typically requires a specialized fluorescent or arc lamp that is designed to emit light only in the desired UV wavelength. This method has several drawbacks, the most important of which is the high power requirements of some of this equipment and its inefficient operation leading to high heat production. In a nutshell, UV lighting equipment has typically been bulky, expensive and hot. With increased military and law enforcement interest in applying UV lighting method to the field, developing portable UV lighting equipment has grown in importance. Until the practical development of the LED however, the effectiveness of portable UV lighting has been limited.

UV light has proven an effective military and law enforcement tool in the field. Crime scene investigations, property identification, location and personnel marking, night vision and starlight devices and more all have benefited from UV lighting technology and provide operators in the field with an effective investigative or covert tool. Providing the UV light necessary has been the real challenge and recent advancements in LED technology are now helping UV applications, particularly in the field, reach their full potential. LEDs are doing this in large part because of their unique light producing qualities that set them apart from traditional forms of lighting. Where once a bulky and power hungry UV light source had to be managed in the field, LEDs provide a compact and highly efficient UV light source that is as portable and as easy to manage as your average flashlight. Even better, LEDs produce cleaner and more effective UV light than incandescent lamps, requiring no special filters, materials or lenses to operate.

LEDs can do this because of the way they produce light. Rather than heating a filament and relying on special filters to let only UV light escape from the lamp’s lens, LEDs can be specially configured to emit light only in a specific wavelength. Since LEDs produce very little heat to begin with, this represents a huge increase in efficiency. Additionally, LEDs are very compact and can be powered for tens of hours depending upon their configuration by a single set of batteries. Portable LED UV lights like Larson Electronics’s Ultraviolet LED Flashlight represent the next wave in portable UV lighting and allow operators in the field to take full advantage of UV applications. Field personnel can identify insignia, locate covert markers, perform investigations in remote areas and more without requiring all of the extra equipment and effort involved in supplying the required UV lighting. The UV light from LEDs is proving particularly effective due to its clean and unfiltered production. Since an LED designed to produce UV light does so only in the UV spectrum, there is no filter that can reduce total UV production needed. Additionally, none of the energy used by the LED is wasted producing light in the wrong end of the light spectrum, so all of the energy is used producing UV light, resulting in higher  and more intense UV light output.

These benefits are of course spilling over into the industrial and commercial sectors as well. Leaders in manufacturing and development industries have been quick to realize the improved cost efficiency of LEDs and incorporate them into their operations. Equipment once costing thousands of dollars and requiring frequent maintenance is being replaced by equipment that while costing somewhat more initially, requires little to no maintenance and will last for up to 10 years of continuous use. Workers are no longer relegated to operating large and hot UV equipment during quality inspection procedures and are now utilizing compact and cool running portable units. Automated systems are being simplified and reduced in size as well as super efficient LED lighting replaces the traditional fluorescent and HID systems previously used. The result has been increased productivity, lower operating costs and reductions in down time as servicing and maintenance intervals are slashed.

As LEDs continue to increase in power and efficiency, their use in all industries is only expected to increase. UV applications will continue to grow as well and eventually, LEDs will become the dominant source of UV lighting as traditional forms of lighting are no longer justified by their cost and application effectiveness.

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