Artemide Unveils Luminaires That Turn UV at Night

Italian luminaire maker Artemide has become one of the first brands to unveil UV versions of its standard products. The company has developed UV modules which can be incorporated into many of its existing range and used to sanitise unoccupied spaces.

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 18:38

Italian luminaire maker Artemide has become one of the first brands to unveil UV versions of its standard products.

The company has developed UV modules which can be incorporated into many of its existing range and used to sanitise unoccupied spaces.

Artemide says that the UV component of its new Integralis source deactivates pathogenic microorganisms, including viruses. As UV is harmful to health, this component is designed to be used overnight or when the space is unoccupied.

Additionally, the company says its visible light includes selected frequencies which inhibit the development and growth of bacteria, fungi and moulds.

‘The combination of the different technologies and the calibration of the light emission spectra thus enhance the effectiveness of the sanitising action,’ the company says.

Products with the Integralis option currently include the Vector spotlight, the Discovery Space light, the A.39 suspension light and the Nur ceiling light.

‘The light acts mainly on surfaces but, in reality, it acts on everything it encounters in its path such as particles suspended in the air,’ Artemide CEO Carlotta de Bevilacqua told the Press.

‘This, however, would require a specific air filtering technology to guarantee its maximum efficiency.’

The Integralis is operated with a smartphone app, allowing the user to adjust the intensity of the sanitising action to the pace of stay and absence of people in the spaces.

The company doesn’t reveal the specific wavelengths of Integralis but says the patent-pending technology acts in compliance with regulations and ’in full compliance with the safety of people and without causing damage to the finishing materials normally present in the spaces, thanks to the intelligence it incorporates.’

It’s understood that other major brands are working on UV ranges and options to capitalise on rising market interest in the technology as a way to make workplace Covid-secure.

Last month, Signify said it was making major investments in anticipation that the market for upper-room disinfection using UVC lighting is set to dramatically expand.

It introduced no fewer than 12 product ranges using UVC light, and increased its production of UVC mercury lamps by eight-fold.

Source: Lux Review

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