Frequently Asked Questions on UV-C

Is UV-C Safe?


UV-C is a lightwave in the non-visible spectrum. It can hurt your eyes if you do not wear proper eye protection. We offer training to all buyers on who to use our light to disinfect while taking all the right precautions. Read the manual or visit our online safety page if you plan to operate or use a light. Training is simple and the protctive gear to wear is listed. See our saftey page at: https://www.anthemone.com/uvcsafety




Does UV-C kill covid?


It does not "kill" covid but it does incapacitate it. UV disinfection works by using direct rays of UV light to tear apart germs and bacteria. When it comes to using UV light against the coronavirus, the FDA says UV light works to quickly destroy the outer protein coating of the virus, which then knocks out the virus’ effectiveness. See our charts and illustrations on how this works: https://www.anthemone.com/uvcexplained




How long does the light last?


The UVC light card will operate for more than 10,000 hours.




What is Ultraviolet Light?


Ultraviolet Light (UV) is usually subdivided into four categories:
UV-A(315nm - 400nm), UV-B(280nm - 315nm), UV-C(200nm - 280nm) and VUV(10nm - 200nm). While UV-A and UV-B are well understood by the general public, UV-C is not.

UV-C is an invisible, highly energetic range of frequencies that is simultaneously “strong” and “weak.” The shorter wavelengths of UV-C contain far more energy than those in the UV-B or UV-A range. And yet, UV-C lacks the ability to penetrate dead skin cells, human hair, a glass window or even a flimsy, transparent sandwich bag.

UV-C frequencies closely match the size of most pathogens and are uniquely effective at ruptering their lipid envelope and destroying their DNA. Multiple studies prove frequencies near 265nm is the most easily absorbed by DNA. A sufficient amount of UV-C can destroy pathogens in seconds.

UV-C destroys viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, yeasts and algae. Simultaneously, UV-C struggles to penetrate proteins such as the keratin in our skin, nails & hair or the elastin in our lungs.

These unique attributes make UV-C an effective disinfection tool.




How do I care for my Anthem One UV-C Light?


Ideally you want to always turn off when not in use. If it gets dusty or dirty, wipe down the case with a clean soft, lint free rag. The aluminum case is very durable and small scratches or dents will not affect daily operations.

Unlike our other Anthem Light Cards, do not touch the UV-C LEDs. They are more fragile than traditional LEDs. Carefully, wipe clean with a wet wipe if they appear dirty. Fingerprints, smudges and dirt do not harm Anthem Light Cards (but they might diminish brightness).





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