Lighting Design & Specification

Sept 4, 2020

LDS LRC UV survey 400The present pandemic crisis has raised the profile of ultraviolet (UV) technologies designed to provide disinfection in a variety of buildings, including hospitals, long term care facilities, food service establishments, and offices. While some UV technologies are mature, several new technologies are not. In particular, new UV-LED products are now being offered for sale. 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 Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 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. A unique feature of this effort is the testing and evaluation of several UV disinfection products. This project is supported by members of the LRC’s Lighting Energy Alliance and the McClung Lighting Research Foundation.

 "A hallmark of the LRC over the past 30 years has been our ability to accurately measure and evaluate lighting and related technologies," said Dr. Mark Rea, the lead researcher on this effort. "Timely, accurate information on the performance and safety of UV products is crucial to people making decisions about the purchase and use of these technologies."

 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. As shown in Figure 1 below, the largest percentage of respondents were lighting specifiers (38%) followed by lighting manufacturers (28%). Also responding were energy service personnel (11%) and lighting manufacturers' representatives and distributors (9%). A few responses came from educators (8%), architects (3%), HVAC professionals (2%), and architectural engineers (1%).

Visit the LRC website HERE for the full survey results

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LightingBy Jason Broadhurst

When the Government of Canada contemplated developing a co-working concept, they chose Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, for its pilot project. The intent was to open a convenient and comfortable co-working office space closer-to-home than their current downtown location.

Federal employees would use it to avoid rush hour, stay productive during snowstorms, or seek an alternate experience working in the office or working from home.

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