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.
UV-C LED Benefits
LEDs enable on-demand disinfection and are much better suited and easier to implement for intermittent flow applications
Power savings as LEDs operate only during treatment cycles and can be instantly switched off during no-flow conditions
Operating cost savings due to prolonged lamp replacement intervals. Can be extended to multiple years based on running times
Reduces environmental burden by reducing the number of lamp changes
Easier to implement as lamp warm-up intervals are not a concern
Eliminates the requirement for hot water purging in no-flow conditions
Ability to operate LEDs during treatment only lowers water temperatures within the UV System. Lower operating temperatures reduce lamp fouling potential and result in fewer maintenance requirements.
UV-C LEDs are currently being used in batch applications where they can be switched on and off without any warm-up times (e.g. on-demand disinfection). UV LEDs lead to overall power savings as a majority of water distribution devices and systems operate on a batch basis.