by Brianna Crandall — October 2, 2020 — Building on its rich heritage of lighting and 365DisInFx technology that reduces bacterial spread, GE Current, a Daintree company, has just announced its latest patent-pending technology that targets the inactivation of airborne viruses with ultraviolet (UVC) lighting that is always on. These solutions represent a first line of defense that fights a broad spectrum of germs — including the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — around the clock.
Manish Bhandari, CEO, Current, stated:
Our technology can be used in at-risk environments to reduce the potential spread of bacteria and viruses. Years of research in responsible usage of the ultraviolet spectrum [have] allowed us to develop a growing suite of solutions that promote wellness and can make a transformative impact on our lives during the pandemic and thereafter. As a trusted source for innovation, we’re counted on to adapt to emerging needs and are ready to help not just the health-care community, but also to make these benefits available to broader public spaces where a disinfection strategy is essential.
Bringing people back together
As the pandemic lingers on into flu season, there is growing urgency for a rigorous approach to disinfection in buildings, particularly in crowded or densely populated spaces. Current believes accelerating our return to familiar routines requires solutions that are always on, that can address airborne risks and complement proper mask wearing and manual cleaning of surfaces.
365DisInFx technology leverages a business’ existing lighting infrastructure to deliver germicidal ultraviolet-C (UVC) light in places where people gather. Current’s patented technology is proven to reduce common pathogens on surfaces, and multiple application tests and end-user pilots are underway. With products using 365DisInFx technology, Current aims to deliver a “one-two punch” targeting bacteria on surfaces and viruses in the air 365 days a year.
365DisInFx technology is different
Tom Boyle, chief technology officer, Current, added:
Light can be a powerful ally in improving air quality by inactivating pathogens. Specifically, LED is a solid-state lighting source allowing the spectral output to be engineered to enable features not feasible with legacy technologies. LEDs also excel at delivering light where it is needed and allow maximum flexibility when designing fixtures. UV-LED solutions change the paradigm of traditional disinfection lighting by making these benefits more accessible to more customers.
According to Current, disinfection lighting traditionally used mercury and excimer lamps that emit high-intensity light or offer limited design flexibility. Some of these technologies can be harmful for human exposure and to the environment. 365DisInFx technology leverages an innovative UV-LED solution that can be easily tailored and controlled for a broader range of spaces and applications.
Designed with ease of deployment in mind, Current’s patent-pending viricidal LED light is set to launch this fall in a puck form factor similar to a smoke detector. Compact and unobtrusive, the new LED product delivers continuous UVC and can be installed on ceilings virtually anywhere.
Current is rapidly scaling its continuous disinfection solutions for hospitals, schools, fitness centers, offices, stores, senior living facilities ― any place where every precaution counts. 365DisInFx technology is available in Current’s LED luminaires or in standalone devices that can be scaled to suit different environments.
Current notes that lighting products from Current using 365DisInFx technology operate under the limits of IEC 62471 photobiological safety standards, and that luminaires using 365DisInFx technology are not intended to be used as medical devices and are not registered as such under any applicable laws.
More to come
Visit the 365DisInFx technology page to learn about continuous disinfection in spaces where people are present. Current draws on the legacy of its founder Thomas Edison and has engineered lighting systems with a high reputation for quality and performance for over a century.