How do BlueMorph systems work?

Our systems use low pressure mercury lamps and inactivate microorganisms by UVC light. They destroy bacteria, yeast and other microbes by exclusively non-chemical means.

What is UVC?

Short-wave ultraviolet radiation, is in the “C” band of the UV light spectrum between 200 to 280 nanometers. It has been used in a wide range of germicidal applications since the late 1800s to destroy bacteria, mold, yeast, and viruses. UVC is also know as germicidal UV or UVGi. UVC inactivates and kills microorganisms by inducing large amounts of DNA damage.

Do the lamps produce ozone?

In insignificant amounts, all low pressure Hg lamps produce a very small amount of ozone however this is far below OSHA allowances. The spectrum of low pressure mercury lamps emits minimal light in the wavelengths known to produce ozone.

What is UVV?

UVV light is another wavelength in the ultraviolet spectrum. The shorter (185 nanometers) wavelength of UVV light actually generates ozone. The American Lung Association states that “exposure to ozone causes a variety of adverse health effects, even at levels below the current standard.” And the U.S. Food & Drug Administration says: “In order for ozone to be effective as a germicide, it must be present in a concentration far greater than that which can be safely tolerated by man and animals.” In contrast UVC provides extremely effective surface, air and water sanitization without producing any harmful ozone.

How often do the lamps have to be replaced?

Emitters should be changed annually (after about 9,000 hours).

What happens if the bulbs break?

The bulbs are sleeved in a UVC resistant polymer that is guaranteed to contain bulb material in the event of breakage.

Is UV-C harmful?

Prolonged exposure (depending on intensity) to UV-C light can cause skin damage and damage to the eyes. Direct exposure should be avoided.

How do you dispose of the emitters?

They should be disposed according to local and state laws as normal fluorescent bulbs would be disposed.

What is the warranty?

The ballasts and emitters have a 1 year warranty.

What effects does UVC light have on rubber and polymers materials?

Some polymers are UV resistant, many are not. Long-term exposure of germicidal UVC light will reduce the shelf life of the plastic by approximately 10%. If the plastic normally lasts about ten years, and it is exposed to germicidal UVC light constantly, it would require replacement in 9 years.