Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for effective and safe disinfection methods. In response to this global challenge, I present a novel design for consideration — a hybrid lamp that combines both visible LEDs and 222 nm UV LEDs for efficient and safe disinfection (US Patent 11,559,594). This groundbreaking innovation offers a revolutionary solution with wide-ranging applications in commercial spaces, public areas, residential settings, restaurants, hospitals, and more. This summary showcases the lamp's unique features and benefits.
Cutting-Edge Technology: This lamp merges visible LEDs for lighting purposes with 222 nm UV LEDs, providing optimal illumination and powerful virus-killing capabilities. Extensive research has demonstrated the effectiveness of the 222 nm UV wavelength against various pathogens, including coronaviruses, without any harm to human skin or eyes.
Versatile Applications: One of the lamp's standout features is its adaptability to different environments. Its shape and form factor can be customized to match existing light bulbs used in public areas, transportation, homes, kitchens, bathrooms, and more. In commercial spaces like shopping malls, airports, and offices, it delivers ample lighting while ensuring continuous disinfection. Similarly, it enhances aesthetic appeal and peace of mind in homes, restaurants, and hospitality settings. Hospitals and healthcare facilities benefit greatly from this innovation, offering a safe and reliable disinfection method for patient rooms, waiting areas, and high-touch surfaces.
Dual Functionality: The primary function of the lamp is to provide illumination through visible LEDs emitting a soothing and natural light spectrum. It enhances the ambiance of any space, ensuring comfort and productivity for occupants. Simultaneously, the embedded 222 nm UV LEDs silently and effectively neutralize harmful pathogens, including the coronavirus. This dual functionality makes the lamp an invaluable asset in the fight against infectious diseases and future pandemics.
Safe and User-Friendly Design: This lamp prioritizes user safety by emitting a wavelength that cannot penetrate human skin or eyes, making it harmless to individuals nearby. Unlike traditional UV-C lamps emitting 254 nm wavelengths, which carry the risk of skin burns and eye damage, this innovative technology eliminates the need for additional protective measures. It can be safely used in occupied spaces without compromising well-being.
Cost-Effective and Energy-Efficient: The lamp offers an economically viable solution, resulting in significant cost savings over time. LED technology ensures energy efficiency, reducing power consumption compared to traditional lighting options. Additionally, the long lifespan of LEDs guarantees extended operational periods without frequent replacements, reducing maintenance costs and promoting sustainability.
Conclusion: The integration of visible LEDs with 222 nm UV LEDs in this lamp represents a remarkable breakthrough in disinfection technology. It guarantees effective and safe disinfection while providing ample illumination in various environments. Its customizable shape and form factor allow seamless integration into existing lighting systems. By presenting this groundbreaking invention at the Create the Future design contest, we strive to revolutionize disinfection practices, paving the way for a safer and healthier future for all.