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Science of UV-C Technology

WHAT IS UV LIGHT?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is a form of light, invisible to the human eye, that exists on the electromagnetic spectrum between X-rays and visible light. 

 

WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND UV-C DISINFECTION

The UV sanitizers have been tested against common household germs (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and Listeria monocytogenes) and have been shown to be up to 99.99% effective in killing them in laboratory settings. 

HOW DOES UVC DESTROY GERMS?

The high energy from short wavelength UVC light is absorbed in the cellular RNA and DNA, damaging nucleic acids and preventing microorganisms from infecting and reproducing. This absorption of UVC energy forms new bonds between nucleotides, creating double bonds or “dimers.” Dimerization of molecules, particularly thymine, is the most common type of damage incurred by UVC light in microorganisms. Formation of thymine dimers in the DNA of bacteria and viruses prevents replication and ability to infect.

CELLS THAT CANNOT REPLICATE, CANNOT INFECT.

With the UV-C sanitizing method, you're applying enough UV light to prevent the microbiomes from replicating. When they do not replicate, they do not infect.

ENSURING COMPLETE EFFECTIVENESS

With common chemical sanitizers, viruses have evolved to repair and reverse the damage. However, with the UV-C sanitizing method, the damage is done at a cellular level, providing an effective strategy for complete kill.