The Latest Solution in UV Air and Surface Disinfection
In a world where pandemics and other health threats are always a possibility, it’s more important than ever to have reliable air and surface disinfection solutions in place. PURO Protect 222 is the latest product from PURO Lighting, and it uses Far UV-C technology to provide continuous disinfection of both the air and surfaces in occupied spaces. We sat down with Brian Stern, CEO of PURO Lighting, to find out more about this new technology.
The Far UV-C Difference
PURO Protect 222 disinfects high traffic and high contact areas in inhabited environments safely using proprietary, filtered 222 nanometer Far UV-C light technology. “While we use a variety of different types of technology in each of our product lines, we see Far UV-C as a real game-changer in disinfection,” says Stern.
“For one, it’s designed to be used safely while people are occupying many kinds of spaces like bathrooms, waiting rooms, medical procedure areas, and much more. Second, Far UV-C units, as PURO has created them, are perfect for high-traffic, high-touch areas that were never easy to disinfect while people were present before, such as in classrooms, gymnasiums, factories, and more. Finally, it’s a set it and forget it scenario because it works autonomously. It’s just there, inactivating viruses and eradicating germs in the air and on surfaces.”
PURO Protect 222 products have been proved to inactivate dangerous viruses and germs, including today’s SARS- CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. They are designed for autonomous, continuous disinfection of both air and surfaces.
The unit emits UV-C light at a wavelength of 222 nanometers, which is effective at inactivating bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. This UV-C light penetrates the cell walls of these microbes and disrupts their DNA, rendering them unable to reproduce or cause infection.
“The ability to safely disinfect occupied spaces is the gold standard in the UV world and Far UV-C technology allows us to continue our mission to safely disinfect any space where people gather,” Stern adds.
Nothing Left To Chance
Far UV-C technology has been demonstrated safe for use in populated places and effective against a broad variety of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections by Columbia University and other research organizations. Continuous operation of Protect 222 in accordance with written instructions fulfills the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) 2021 exposure criteria for inhabited space as defined by the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).
But PURO has taken this a step further and has had PURO Protect 222 tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratories. “It’s one of the things that make us different in the marketplace,” says Stern. “Our use of proven and patented filtered 222 nm light technology makes the PURO Protect 222 safe for use wherever people are present, and earning that certification from Underwriters Laboratories provides independent corroboration that we operate at the highest level of safety.”
Powered by Ushio’s patented CARE222® filtered Far UV-C technology and Acuity Brands Lighting’s patent-pending dosage controllers and other technology, PURO Protect 222 employs a short pass filter to remove UV wavelengths that can penetrate living tissue in skin or beyond the tear layer of the eyes, resulting in a safe, narrow band of 222 UV light emission. In fact, PURO Protect 222 is one of the only Far UV products that have been UL approved to fulfill US regulations for germicidal equipment for use in inhabited spaces and is categorized in the photobiological risk category.
Ready To Take On Tough Situations
There are two PURO Protect 222 devices available: a single Far UV emitter, ceiling-mounted device that provides continuous air and surface disinfection in inhabited environments, and the Protect 222 High Bay, which has two Far UV light emitters for usage in industrial and commercial buildings.
“There’s great value in using our PURO Protect 222 products in a variety of situations where there are people in high-traffic areas. So we’ve created two products that best cover the needs of various environments,” says Stern. “Our PURO Protect 222 is a surface mount unit that’s designed to be installed on 9-12 foot ceilings in commercial or medical spaces.
“But, we’ve also had a lot of customers ask for other kinds of applications for our Protect 222 units like manufacturing lines or school cafeterias where you have higher ceilings and larger spaces to disinfect. That’s why PURO Protect 222 High Bay was designed specifically for ceilings above 12 feet and to disinfect larger environments.
Bathrooms, sterile processing, emergency departments, critical care units, nurse’s stations, urgent care centers, patient exam rooms, waiting rooms, and other high-traffic locations in healthcare benefit from both items.
“We are already seeing a lot of customer interest with our PURO Protect 222 products and over the next couple of months, we plan on adding 2 or 3 more product categories to this series,” concludes Stern. “That’s what’s really so exciting about our Protect 222 products. It allows us to continue to offer our customers the most highly certified and safest UV disinfection products on the market.”