3 Common Myths About UV Light Sanitizer

Myth #1 . UV Light Sanitizer Is A New Technology- False

UV-C is a 100 years old  technology for disinfecting air, water and surfaces.  Niels Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 and considered to be the first to use light therapy for skin conditions. During the Second World War, UV light was used in hospitals for air, water treatment, and in other places where microbial contamination was a concern. In 1950, UVC light gained a lot of popularity for helping reduce the spread of tuberculosis in hospitals and other infections in schools.  UVC light became less and less used, as antibiotics and chemical disinfectants were created. However, we are dealing now with a pandemic that spread all over the world, with close to 30 million documented cases of infection worldwide. UVC light had been rediscovered, again. [1]

Myth #2 . There Are No Scientific Studies On UV light Sanitizers- False

The most well-designed UV study to date a randomized controlled trial funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), conducted at the Duke University Medical Centre and published in 2015. This study involved 600,000 patients from 9 hospitals who were monitored for 2 years for a few bacterial infections commonly acquired in hospitals.  There were 4 study arms: For  6 months, only a chemical disinfectant (quaternary ammonium) was used to disinfect the rooms. For another 6 months UV light sanitizer (UVC light) was used in addition to the chemical disinfectant ( (quaternary ammonium). For another 6 months, hospitals used only bleach as a disinfectant. For 6 months, UVC light was used in addition to the bleach to disinfect hospital rooms. The results show a significant benefit from UVC light. Adding UV to quaternary ammonium reduced hospital-acquired infection by 32%. The addition of UVC light to bleach reduced the infections in the hospital by 37%. [3].

This is just an example of a well-designed research study. There are hundreds of other research papers that found UVC light effective against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. In fact, there is not one microorganism that was not inactivated or killed by UVC light, according to the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). In fact, there is some scientific evidence that UVC light also inactivates the novel coronavirus, sars-Cov-2. [2],[4].

Myth # 3. Ultraviolet  light sanitizers are those little UV wands seen in the news or TV commercials- Partially true.

Most people think that a UV light sanitizer is simply a little wand that you can use to disinfect your cell phone or keys. This is because articles all over the internet and TV commercials focus on. But UV Sanitizers can come in different sizes and shapes and have multiple uses.

Do these little wands work? We don’t know, as the companies that sell these products do not offer research studies.

At IZAK Scientific, every single UVC device is designed by experts in fiber optics to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness. We use third party lab testing and special UV tests to verify the results. We offer the most advanced UVC technology- in the form of pulsed xenon light, which is the same technology used in hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Fast PXL for example is a great solution for both surface and air disinfection.

Ready to order an ultraviolet light sanitizer? Email us today!

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2789813/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7273323/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28104287/
  4. https://iuva.org/IUVA-Fact-Sheet-on-UV-Disinfection-for-COVID-19/

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