UV Facts – Germicidal UV Light
About Ultraviolet (UV) Light Used for Air Disinfection
by Edward A. Nardell, M. D. Harvard Medical School
What is UV or ultraviolet light? Ultraviolet light is part of the spectrum of electromagnetic energy generated by the sun. The full spectrum includes, in order increasing energy, radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays. Since UV is not visible, it is technically not “light”, but use of the term “ultraviolet light” is so widespread that, it will be used here. Most sources of light generate some UV. For air disinfection, UV is generated by electric lamps that resemble ordinary fluorescent lamps.