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Insect-O-Cutor Black Light Lamps are pre-tested to ensure maximum black light output and customer satisfaction.
Only those lamps that meet our stringent quality standards will be accepted into our vast inventory of black light replacement lamps.
Insect-O-Cutor attraction lamps are year-date labeled for users' quality control convenience and inspection compliance.
Maximizing the emission of near ultraviolet (near-UV) light is key to the overall effectiveness of any electrical flying insect elimination system. Most black light fluorescent lamps have an average lifespan of 7000 hours (9.5 months of continuous use). To maintain insect attracting effectiveness in light traps, it is important to replace the lamps at least annually.
Black Light (BL) and Black Light Blue (BLB) Lamp Combination
The BL lamp produces most of its energy in the Near UV range. However, a portion of the energy is outside the UV range as the light spectrum enters the Visible Light range. Note in the graph below that visible light ranges from Violet to Red. The lesser portion of the energy emitted by the BL lamp is in the Blue Visible range. [This is what we humans see as visible light.]
The BLB lamp produces its energy in the same wavelength range that the BL lamp does. However, the BLB lamp is constructed of special filtering glass which reduces the passage of energy in the visible light range between 4000 and 4600 Angstroms (400 to 460 nanometers).
Because of this filtering of blue visible light, the lamp does not have the light blue color that the BL lamp tube does but instead appears as a blue/black color.
Light and the Spectrum
Insect attraction lamps, like all lamps, emit energy in the form of light. This energy is measured in wavelengths. By determining wavelength measurements, classification of different light types within the full light spectrum is possible.
Some types of light energy classifications include: Infra Red, Visible (sunlight), and Ultraviolet (UV). Ultraviolet energy is measured and defined by light within a band between 4000 and 1000 Angstroms (400 and 100 nanometers).
Within this band of the light spectrum, ultraviolet energy is further classified into four sections: Near UV (UVA), Middle UV (UVB), Far UV (UVC) and Vacuum UV.
Insect-O-Cutor® insect attraction lamps emit light energy within the Ultraviolet band of the light spectrum, specifically light in the Near UV range. This range of energy is measured by wavelengths between 400 and 350 nanometers.
Regarding flying insect attraction, UVA energy is most effective at 365 nanometers. This particular wavelength is commonly referred to as Black Light.
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If you are experiencing difficulty obtaining the correct black light lamp tubes for your commercial type devices, simply advise us the component part number and we will try to cross-match it for you.
Insect-O-Cutor Relamping Program
It is recommended that all users of insect light traps replace their black light fluorescent lamp tubes annually because of the lamps' limited attraction life span... preferably before the heavy seasonal flying infestation begins. In tropical and sub-tropical climates, black light lamps should be replaced twice a year.
As a complimentary service, an Annual Lamp Replacement Reminder is sent to our U.S. and Canadian customers early each year. This lists the lamps required for a complete system replacement as determined from our records.
If you are not receiving this no-charge service and would like to be added to our annual lamp replacement program, please place your request anytime throughout the year. We will then contact you to determine your lamp needs to set up your yearly reminder beginning with the subsequent year.
Safety-Coated Black Light Lamps
All Insect-O-Cutor® Straightline Black Light Lamps are offered in safety coatings for protection of personnel, product and the workplace against glass shatter in the event of lamp breakage.
Personnel need not worry about the potential hazard of flying glass. Virtually all glass remains inside the broken lamp's sturdy envelope!
Virtually all glass particles are contained within the protective lamp sheath... a specially developed envelope several mils thick... that can be twisted into a knot and still not separate.
IOC® Safety-Coated Lamps reduce the possibility of contamination by glass particles that could be dispelled onto product and/or work surfaces.
Health and Safety Issues
The primary health concerns most often associated with ultraviolet light relate to skin irritation (erythema) and eye irritation (conjunctivitis). Such irritations might occur when an individual is exposed to light energy emitted under 3200 nanometers.
Lamps emitting energy below this wavelength are within the Middle UV and Far UV ranges and are commonly referred to as tanning lamps and germicidal lamps, respectively.
Insect-O-Cutor insect attraction lamps emit light energy at 365 nanometers (UVA).
While UVA energy is well above the harmful UVB range of energy (320 nanometers), certain thresholds of exposure to UV light sources have been established by OSHA to ensure personnel safety as related below:
- 150,000 hours of continuous exposure at a distance of twenty feet (20) or 6.1 meters from a light source
- 1,500 hours of continuous exposure at a distance of six feet (6') or 1.83 meters from a light source
- Forty (40) hours of continuous exposure at a distance of one foot (.3048 meter) from a light source
SOURCES: General Electric Lighting Company; Philips Lighting; Sylvania GTE Products;
New England Journal of Medicine; Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
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