UV-C LED Benefits
Enables on-demand disinfection which enhances power savings and prolongs lamp life
Unlike conventional mercury lamps, UV LEDs can be switched on and off without any lamp warm-up times. This intermittent flow capability leads to greater power savings and prolongs lamp life.
UV lamps can take a long time to start up because the lamps need to warm up before reaching full power. Start-up times range between one and ten minutes depending on the lamp type. By comparison, UV LEDs can be switched on and off without any warmup times. This capability enables on-demand disinfection.
UV LEDs are well suited for intermittent flow applications because they do not need to warm up before system start-up, and frequent on/off cycling does not reduce the lifetime of the UV LED as it does with mercury UV lamps. These features allow for on-demand disinfection which is preferable for many applications such as Residential Point of Use (POU) and Point of Entry (POE). They are also well suited for batch treatment applications with high fluctuation in water demand. The ability to instantly power up the LED results in significant power savings as LEDs operate only during treatment cycles and can be instantly switched off during no-flow conditions. Many conventional mercury systems must remain switched on and operating at full output because of lamp warm-up requirements.