Unveiling the Potential of UV Globes/UV Fluorescent Tubes in Water Disinfection


UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes are like security guards in your UV water disinfection system, shining a light on harmful intruders in your water and taking them down!

At UV Guard, we provide UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes of the same high quality as our UV disinfection systems for safe water you can count on.

How Do UV Globes/UV Fluorescent Tubes Work?

UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes are the heroes of UV water disinfection systems. These types of light bulbs contain mercury, and when electricity flows through them, it activates the mercury vapour. This activation causes the mercury to release a kind of ultraviolet (UV) light called UV-C.

As water flows past the UV-C light, the light penetrates the cells of harmful microorganisms in the water. This exposure damages the DNA of the microorganisms, making it impossible for them to reproduce and cause infections. This process disinfects the water without adding chemicals or changing the water’s taste or odour.

What Are the Benefits of Using UV Globes/UV Fluorescent Tubes in Water Treatment?

UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes in water treatment are

  • Effective at inactivating various harmful microorganisms so water is safe to drink, including bacteria, viruses, and protozoa.
  • Efficient, disinfecting water after just a brief exposure to their light.
  • Easy to maintain, requiring only a periodic replacement and occasional checking that their light isn’t obstructed.
  • Chemical-free, meaning no chemical by-products in your water and no alteration to the water’s taste or smell.
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable, since no chemicals are involved.
  • Safe to use and maintain, again, because no hazardous chemicals are involved.

Light the Way: UV Guard’s Approach

Here at UV Guard, we use UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes in our state-of-the-art systems for highly effective, chemical-free, and sustainable water disinfection.

We have a range of systems to cater to different sectors’ specific water safety and quality needs.

  • Commercial: For clean, safe water that protects public health in hotels, restaurants, shopping centres, and office buildings.
  • Residential: For safe drinking water free from waterborne pathogens with no altered taste or odour.
  • Swimming pools: To sanitise water, improve clarity, and reduce chlorine by-products in residential and recreational water facilities.
  • Agriculture: To protect water quality from harmful organisms that could affect crop health, livestock, and food safety.
  • Aquaculture: To eliminate harmful microorganisms and pathogens that can cause disease in fish and other aquatic species being bred, reared, and harvested (generally for food production).
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical: To meet the strict water hygiene standards of hospitals and medical facilities that are in place to prevent the spread of infections. Also, to ensure the water used in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes is free from contaminants.

FAQs About UV Water Treatment

What Are the Maintenance Requirements for UV Globes/UV Fluorescent Tubes?2024-05-05T08:49:08+10:00

To maintain UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes in UV water disinfection systems, regularly clean them to remove dust or dirt that can block their UV light. To do this, turn off the system, then gently wipe the surface of the globes/tubes with a clean, soft, and slightly damp cloth.

On average, you’ll need to replace the globes/tubes once a year. Small home systems might have just one globe/tube, while large commercial or industrial systems can have several.

Follow these instructions to replace UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes safely.

  1. Turn off and unplug the power to the system to avoid electrical shock.
  2. Wear gloves to prevent direct contact with the globe/tube. Getting oils from your skin on it can affect its performance and lifespan.
  3. UV globes/tubes are fragile, so handle them gently.
  4. Dispose of the old globe/tube according to local regulations, as they contain small amounts of mercury.
  5. When the system is on, avoid direct exposure to UV light, as it can harm your skin and eyes.
  6. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific maintenance and replacement instructions.
Do Fluorescent Light Bulbs Put Off UV Light?2024-05-05T08:48:55+10:00

Yes, fluorescent light bulbs do emit a small amount of UV light. However, the phosphor coating inside the bulb converts most of this UV light into visible light. The amount of UV light escaping is typically low and not harmful under normal usage.

What Is the Difference Between UV Light and Fluorescent Light?2024-05-05T08:48:41+10:00

UV light is invisible to the human eye, with wavelengths shorter than visible light. UV light’s energy is commonly used for sterilisation and curing materials.

Fluorescent light, on the other hand, is visible light produced by a fluorescent lamp. A phosphor coating transforms UV light inside the fluorescent lamp into this visible light that is used for illumination.

What Is the Best UV Light for Fluorescence?2024-05-05T08:40:54+10:00

The best UV light for fluorescence in scientific and industrial applications is typically UV-C light with a wavelength range of 200-280 nanometres.

Although UV-C light primarily kills germs and cleans surfaces, it’s also helpful at making certain materials light up under its glow (fluoresce). Fluorescence is particularly useful for scientists and professionals in fields like forensics, where it helps detect substances at crime scenes, and biology, where it aids in observing cellular structures under a microscope.

Additionally, the electronics, pharmaceutical, and food industries utilise UV-C fluorescence in quality control processes to detect product flaws or contaminants.

Brighten Your Route to Hygienic, Safe Water With UV Guard’s UV Globe Technology.

For the highest quality UV globe water purification for any application, you need a UV Guard water disinfection system.

When it’s time to replace your system’s globe/tube, we’ve got you covered. Explore our range of UV globes/UV fluorescent tubes for residential and commercial UV water treatment systems today.

If you need help choosing the right replacement for your system, fill out this online form, and we’ll be in touch soon.

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