Replacement UV bulbs are recommended to be replaced about every 12 to 16 months or 12,000 hours of illumination.
Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is used for the activation of the PCO Catalyst. The residual light presents a variety of potential health hazards to humans. These hazards include eye damage, skin burns, and the potential to cause skin cancer. Because germicidal UV rays are invisible to the human eye, personnel may be subjected to a hazardous dose of UV without warning. There is no Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard for exposure to ultraviolet light. UV can be associated with adverse health effects depending on duration of exposure and wavelength. These adverse health effects include erythema (sunburn), photokeratitis (a feeling of sand in the eyes), skin cancer, melanoma, cataracts, and retinal burns. Ideally, activated UV sources should be attended by knowledgeable personnel at all times. The UVC lamps in 4S Centerpoint Technology products do not produce ozone! The lamps provide a minimum intensity of 775 microwatts/cm2 at 10.77 cm to activate the catalyst effectively to maintain tested performance. Lamps may not be substituted with an unapproved manufacturer. These lamps provide UV-C light at a wavelength of 254 nm. Despite their appearance to the naked eye, the lamp intensity will reduce over time. All lamps must be replaced every 16 months (12,000 hrs.) of continuous use to maintain intensity requirements. Lamps provided by 4S Centerpoint Technology Contain trace amounts of mercury. Lamps include a Teflon case to encapsulate the lamp and reduce the risk of exposing the consumer and environment to mercury.