One of the key advantages of UVC LEDs is their size, which allows for increased flexibility when it comes to product design. But exactly what is the footprint of a UVC LED reactor? Many product engineers are accustomed to working with other technologies, such as mercury lamps, that have a larger footprint. Even some of the smallest UV lamp reactors are three to four times larger than UVC LED reactors.
The primary factor contributing to the size difference in these two types of reactors is the use of LED chips versus mercury bulbs. UVC LED chips are much smaller than what you may find with mercury bulbs. For example, Klaran LED chips are 3.5 mm in diameter and less than one millimeter in depth.
Of course, the size of the bulb or chip has a direct influence on the size of the reactor. For instance, our Klaran WR Series UVC LED Reactor (pictured below) has 2 LEDs. The entire reactor is only 90.8 millimeters long (or approximately 3.5 inches) and 55 mm wide -- about the size of a 12fl soda can.
UVC LED reactors are small enough to integrate directly into existing product designs or offer as an accessory to an existing product, which not only minimizes R&D costs and time to market, but it also enables easier integration of disinfection at the point-of-use, without compromising product design or requiring adding more cumbersome materials. With a UVC LED reactor, UVC purification can now fit into products where it never could before.
Contact us today to learn more about integrating UVC LEDs or reactors into your water dispenser or appliance.