The Power of UV Light: An Expert's Perspective

Discover the uses and power consumption of ultraviolet (UV) light from an expert with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Learn about the various applications of UV light and how it can improve our lives.

The Power of UV Light: An Expert's Perspective

As an expert in the field of ultraviolet (UV) technology, I have spent over 20 years studying and working with this powerful form of light. UV light has a wide range of applications in commercial, industrial, and healthcare environments, making it an essential tool for many industries. In this article, I will share my knowledge and insights on the uses and power consumption of UV light.

The Color Rendering Index (CRI)

The color rendering index (CRI) is a commonly used metric to describe color accuracy and fidelity. It is calculated as an average score of 8 color samples, with a higher score indicating better color accuracy.

When it comes to UV light, the CRI is not applicable as it does not emit visible light. However, UV light can still be measured and quantified in terms of its power consumption.

Power Supply for LED Projects

If you are working on an LED project, you will need a power supply to provide the necessary voltage and current. Meanwell's HLG series products are often recommended for their reliability and efficiency. These power supplies are suitable for a wide range of LED applications, including UV lighting.

Calculating Illuminant D

Illuminant D is a standard reference light source used to measure color temperature.

It can be calculated from the color temperature using our online calculator. Simply enter the CCT (correlated color temperature) and you can download the illuminant D values for your specific application.

Articles and Guides on Lighting Applications

At Anniversary UV, we offer a collection of articles, instructions, and guides on various lighting applications. Our resources cover everything from detailed articles on the science of color to practical guides on how to choose the right UV lighting for your needs.

Chandelier-Type LED Bulbs

Our chandelier-type LED bulbs offer a soft and warm light output in a decorative bulb style that fits E12 lamps. These bulbs are perfect for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in any room.

BR30 Lamps

BR30 lamps are ceiling lamps that fit residential and commercial luminaires with openings of 4 inches or wider.

These lamps provide bright and efficient lighting, making them a popular choice for many applications.

T8 LED Tube Lights

Our T8 LED tube lights are designed to directly replace 4-foot fluorescent lamps. They are compatible with both ballasts and without ballasts, making them easy to install and use. These energy-efficient lights are a great choice for any space.

Pre-Wired LED Tube Luminaires

We also offer pre-wired LED tube luminaires that are compatible with our T8 LED lamps. These luminaires are designed for easy installation and can be connected to standard wall outlets.

They are available in lengths of 2 and 4 feet and can be mounted with screws or magnets.

Ceiling Lamps with Hanging Chains

For those looking for a more traditional lighting option, we offer ceiling lamps with hanging chains. These lamps provide bright and efficient lighting, making them suitable for a variety of applications.

365 nm and 395 nm LED Lights

We also offer 365 nm and 395 nm LED lights for fluorescence and curing applications. These lights emit specific wavelengths that are ideal for curing inks or coatings. They are mounted on a flexible circuit board, making them easy to install in various locations.

270 nm UV-C LED Lights

For germicidal applications, we offer 270 nm UV-C LED lights.

These lights are highly effective in killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. They are mounted on a flexible circuit board and can be cut to size for easy installation.

Dimmers and Controllers

To adjust the brightness and color of your LED strip lighting system, we offer a range of dimmers and controllers. These allow you to customize the lighting to suit your specific needs and preferences.

Power Supply Units

To convert line voltage to low-voltage direct current, which is required for LED strip light systems, we offer power supply units. These units are essential for the proper functioning of your LED lighting system.

Extruded Aluminum Channel Profiles

To mount your LED light strips, we offer extruded aluminum channel profiles.

These profiles provide a secure and stable base for your lights, ensuring they stay in place and function properly.

UV Lamps for Curing Inks and Coatings

One of the most common uses of UV light is in curing inks and coatings. These lamps generate a specific wavelength that is ideal for curing various materials. Currently, most UV lamps operate at a speed of 300 to 600 watts per inch, but newer systems can generate up to 1000 watts per inch. This means that a 30-inch UV bulb can have a power consumption of up to 30,000 watts. These lamps also operate at very high temperatures (850 to 950 degrees Celsius or 1550 to 1750 degrees Fahrenheit), making them powerful tools for many industrial applications.

The Expert's Perspective

To learn more about UV light and its uses, I consulted with Norm Fitton, the president of Anniversary UV.

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Norm is a true expert in UV technology. He shared his insights on the various applications of UV light and its power consumption.

UV Curing

One of the most common uses of UV light is in curing inks, coatings, and finishes. This process involves exposing the material to UV light, which causes it to harden and form a reinforced outer coating. This is essential for many manufacturing applications, as it provides a durable and long-lasting finish.

Illuminated Signs

UV lamps are also used in illuminated signs for various purposes.

They are often used to illuminate emergency exits in public places and for marketing and brand recognition purposes. The bright and efficient light provided by UV lamps makes them an ideal choice for this application.


The aerospace and avionics industries also rely on UV lamps for backlighting. These lamps provide reliable lighting in aircraft cabins and cockpits, ensuring safe and efficient operations.

The Role of Ballasts

As mentioned earlier, UV lamps require ballasts to function properly. Once the mercury ionizes, the ballast reduces the voltage and amperage needed to keep the mercury ionized and emit a stable flow of UV light.

This is an essential component of any UV lighting system.

The Power of Ultraviolet Light

In conclusion, ultraviolet light is a powerful tool with a wide range of applications. From curing inks and coatings to providing efficient lighting, UV technology has revolutionized many industries. As an expert in this field, I am constantly amazed by the potential of UV light and its ability to improve our lives in countless ways.

Don't Forget to Check Your UV Lamps

Finally, it is important to regularly check the performance of your UV lamps. I recommend using an inexpensive UV meter to ensure that your lamps are functioning properly.

This should be done at least once a month to ensure the safety and efficiency of your UV lighting system.

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