Preferred UVC Treatment Solutions
Instead of using UVC handheld units, attempting to treat the surface of cannabis plants with UVC, or waiting until after Powdery Mildew or Bud Mold is already present, American Ultraviolet offers several other more successful solutions designed to stop the problem before it starts. Along with the environment basics of controlling temperature, humidity, and airflow, adding UVC, properly, will absolutely help tip the scales in your favor in the battle against microbial contamination.
Direct UVC Surface Treatment
These UVC fixtures are not to be used to treat the surface of the plants, but rather the surfaces of the grow space, between grows. Direct UVC surface treatment is widely used in healthcare and food manufacturing applications to eliminate unwanted molds, viruses and bacteria. By using direct UVC fixtures on the floors, walls and tables of your grow space, you provide a clean slate for your next grow. This can be achieved with mobile UVC units, or hard-mounted fixtures in the room. Since UVC is harmful to exposed skin and eyes, this is best done when no personnel will be in the room. If personnel must enter the room while the UVC lights are on, they will need to cover exposed skin (any regular clothing will suffice, but ideally, anyone entering the grow room would be wearing coveralls whether the UVC lights are on or not), and eye protection (inexpensive goggles are widely available). American Ultraviolet's Mobile UVC solutions incorporate motion sensors that shut the lights off when motion is detected, and these units operate on timers to deliver specific exposure times. All mobile, and hard-mounted, solutions should be accompanied by a consultation with the UVC equipment manufacturer to ensure the UVC equipment you're installing is correct for your space.
To learn more about our Horticulture/Cannabis UVC solutions, please visit our technical library where you can download and print literature.
Prolonged, direct exposure to UVC light can cause temporary skin redness and eye irritation, but does not cause skin cancer or cataracts. American Ultraviolet systems are designed with safety in mind and, when properly installed by a professional contractor, do not allow exposure to UV irradiation and allow for safe operation and maintenance.