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Commercial UV Disinfecting Products and Healthcare Disinfection Application Valued the Most by Lighting Professionals

Demands for UV disinfection products hiked due to the present pandemic crisis. With increasing options for products and applications, many consumers and product specifiers have questions about the safety, effectiveness, and energy efficiency of these products.

In order to address these concerns, the LRC is currently examining a range of UV disinfection technologies. The goal of this work is to provide information that will help decision makers select UV products that are effective, safe, and energy efficient. To launch the project, the LRC administered an online survey asking about people's experiences with and concerns about UV disinfection products. Responses to the survey were received from over 200 people in June and July 2020 with respondents mostly serving in the lighting industry (38% lighting designer or specifier, 28% lighting manufacturers, lighting manufacturer’s distributors or representative 9%) and other energy professionals and educators.

In the survey, respondents indicated what they believe to be the three most promising types of UV disinfection products. The most popular product is upper-room air purification, chosen by 58% of the respondents, following in-duct air purification (55%), surface disinfection integrated with light fixtures (45%), and surface disinfection from (dedicated) wall- or ceiling-mounted products (40%).

Other options includes portable UV whole-room disinfection products, enclosed UV disinfection boxes, chambers or cabinets, mobile UV disinfection robots, hand-held UV disinfection products and portable UV integrated air purifiers.

emands for UV disinfection products hiked due to the present pandemic crisis. With increasing options for products and applications, many consumers and product specifiers have questions about the safety, effectiveness, and energy efficiency of these products.

In order to address these concerns, the LRC is currently examining a range of UV disinfection technologies. The goal of this work is to provide information that will help decision makers select UV products that are effective, safe, and energy efficient. To launch the project, the LRC administered an online survey asking about people's experiences with and concerns about UV disinfection products. Responses to the survey were received from over 200 people in June and July 2020 with respondents mostly serving in the lighting industry (38% lighting designer or specifier, 28% lighting manufacturers, lighting manufacturer’s distributors or representative 9%) and other energy professionals and educators.

In the survey, respondents indicated what they believe to be the three most promising types of UV disinfection products. The most popular product is upper-room air purification, chosen by 58% of the respondents, following in-duct air purification (55%), surface disinfection integrated with light fixtures (45%), and surface disinfection from (dedicated) wall- or ceiling-mounted products (40%).

Other options includes portable UV whole-room disinfection products, enclosed UV disinfection boxes, chambers or cabinets, mobile UV disinfection robots, hand-held UV disinfection products and portable UV integrated air purifiers.

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