Is LED Light The Same As UV Light?

April 27, 2022 5 min read

LED lights are becoming increasingly popular because they provide better light quality and energy efficiency compared to other lighting options. They also last longer than incandescent bulbs.

LED lights are typically composed of three parts: a semiconductor chip, phosphor coating, and lens. These components emit light when electricity passes through them.

An ultraviolet (UV) lamp, on the other hand, typically consists of a material that emits radiation at a desired wavelength when an electric current passes through it. These lamps are housed in special glass or quartz, as these transmit UV light more effectively than ordinary glass. So on the surface, LED lights and UV lights are not the same.

In this article, we'll be taking a deep dive into all things LED and UV Lights, including what they are, why LEDs are better than traditional incandescent bulbs, and the types of LEDs. We'll also be looking at our LED UV Floodlight and discussing this in detail.

What Is An LED Lamp? 

The LED light contains a tiny chip with millions of microscopic diodes. Each diode has a negative charge. When you apply voltage across the diode, the electrons move toward the positive side.

This movement creates a flow of positive ions called current. Current moves from one end of the diode to the other.

When current reaches the other end of the diode, it releases its electron and becomes positively charged again.

This process repeats itself until all the electrons have been released. It is this process that keeps the LED light lit.

Why Are LEDs Better Than Incandescent Bulbs?

It is generally accepted that LEDs are better than incandescent bulbs, and this is thought for a number of reasons. Some of the main reasons why LEDs are considered to be better than incandescent bulbs include:

Incandescent bulbs use up to 90 percent of their power to generate heat instead of light. This makes them inefficient.

They also contain mercury, which can be toxic.

LEDs don’t need any heating element. Instead, they convert electrical energy directly into visible light.

Their lifespan is much longer than traditional bulbs

How Does An LED Light Work?

An LED light works in two ways. First, it uses electricity to create heat. When this happens, electrons jump from one atom to another. This creates a flow of positive charges called current.

Second, the LED light converts this current into visible light by using phosphors. Phosphors are materials that change color when exposed to certain wavelengths of light.

For example, red phosphors will turn blue light into red light.

If you look closely at an LED bulb, you will see that it looks like a small piece of white plastic. This is actually a thin layer of colored phosphor.

When the LED light turns on, it heats up the phosphor. This causes the phosphor to release electrons.

These electrons then combine with oxygen atoms in the air around the light. This produces a chemical reaction that results in the emission of light.

What Is A UV Light? 

A UV light is a type of artificial light that has many applications for use, including industrial and cosmetic curing, as an analytic tool for checking currency, pest control, sterilization, indoor gardening, and many more.

It is made up of high-energy photons that kill microorganisms. UV rays penetrate deep into the surface being treated. They do not affect people or animals.

UV light is invisible to our eyes because it does not contain visible frequencies. However, we can detect it with special equipment.

What Is The Difference Between UVC And UVB?

UVC light is used for germicidal purposes. It kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, and some types of mold.

UVC light is absorbed by water molecules, so it cannot pass through water.

However, it can pass through most plastics, paper, and fabrics.

UVB light is used to treat sunburn and psoriasis. It helps your skin repair itself after exposure to sunlight.

UVB light penetrates deeper into the skin than UVC light, but it is less effective against germs.

What Kind Of Fluorescent Lights Can Be Used In Homes?

Fluorescent lights are the best choice for homes. They provide bright lighting without producing harmful radiation.

There are three main types: compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), tube fluorescent lamps, and incandescent lamps.

CFLs are the most popular option today. They are very efficient, last longer than other options, and produce little heat.

Tubes are still commonly found in offices and classrooms. These tubes have been replaced by CFLs.

Incandescent lamps are less common today. They produce a lot of heat and give off a lot of ultraviolet radiation

Types Of LED Lights

There are many types of LED lights available today. Some of them include:

High-intensity discharge (HID) – HID lights produce a lot of heat. They are often found in parking lots, garages, warehouses, and industrial settings.

Floodlights – Floodlights are typically used outdoors during construction projects. They are usually bright enough to illuminate large areas.

Spotlights – Spotlights are ideal for illuminating smaller spaces. They may be mounted on poles or placed on stands.

Spotlights are great for highlighting artwork, bookshelves, windows, and more.

Everbeam LED UV Floodlight

Our LED UV Floodlight is designed primarily for illuminating the dance floor at parties. We designed the LED UV Floodlight to be able to withstand knocks, bumps, and impact, so the LEDs are housed in an aluminum alloy. The front glass is tempered and shatterproof, meaning that you should get many years of life out of the LED UV Floodlight. 

As the Everbeam LED UV Floodlight has an IP66 waterproof score, it's safe to use in humid environments, like outdoors on a wet night.

In terms of a cooling system, we designed a full body heatsink which prevents the floodlight from getting too hot. This not only keeps the light cool, but also preserves it's near 50,000-hour lifecycle. 

The LED UV Floodlight is available in 10W, 50W, and 100w, along with two wavelengths (365 nm or 395 nm). When the supporting bracket is fully assembled, it sits at a 120-degree angle, meaning it'll light up your parties with ease. 

As mentioned, the Everbeam LED UV Floodlight is available in either 365 nm or 395 nm wavelengths. There is a difference between the two, mainly that 365 nm gives off a stronger fluorescence and 395 nm gives off more visible light. Both of these wavelengths of UV are safe, however, it's advisable not to stare directly into the light as this will make you feel dizzy.

Wrapping Up 

LED lights are becoming increasingly popular. They offer many benefits over traditional lighting options, and we have discussed a number of these benefits above. But they include the fact that LED lights are energy efficient, they don't produce any mercury, and they last much longer than traditional bulbs.

However, there are some downsides to using LED lights. For example, they can cost quite a bit more than traditional bulbs. Our Everbeam LED UV Floodlight is a reasonably priced alternative to a standard LED floodlight. It's perfect for setting the right ambiance at parties.