Cleveland-based GE Current, a Daintree company, has launched a patent-pending 365DisInFx™ technology that reportedly offers continuous air and surface defense from airborne viruses (including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) with a lighting device that stays on 24 hours a day and is safe to use in occupied rooms.

“Our technology can be used in at-risk environments to reduce the potential spread of bacteria and viruses,” says Manish Bhandari, CEO of Current. “Years of research in responsible usage of the ultraviolet spectrum has allowed us to develop a growing suite of solutions that promote wellness and can make a transformative impact on our lives during the pandemic and thereafter. As a trusted source for innovation, we’re counted on to adapt to emerging needs and are ready to help not just the health care community, but also to make these benefits available to broader public spaces where a disinfection strategy is essential.”

As the pandemic lingers on into flu season, there is growing urgency for a rigorous approach to disinfection in buildings, particularly in crowded or densely populated spaces. Current believes accelerating people’s return to familiar routines requires solutions that are always on, can address airborne risks, and complement proper mask wearing and manual cleaning of surfaces.

How it works: 365DisInFx™ technology leverages a business’ existing lighting infrastructure to deliver germicidal ultraviolet (UV) light in places where people gather. Current’s patented technology is proven to reduce common pathogens on surfaces, and multiple application tests and end-user pilots are underway.

“Light can be a powerful ally in improving air quality by inactivating pathogens,” says Tom Boyle, Current’s Chief Technology Officer. “Specifically, LED is a solid-state lighting source allowing the spectral output to be engineered to enable features not feasible with legacy technologies. LEDs also excel at delivering light where it is needed and allow maximum flexibility when designing fixtures. UV-LED solutions change the paradigm of traditional disinfection lighting by making these benefits more accessible to more customers.”

Disinfection lighting traditionally used mercury and excimer lamps that emit high-intensity light or offer limited design flexibility. Some of these technologies can be harmful for human exposure and to the environment. 365DisInFx™ technology leverages a UV-LED solution that can be easily tailored and controlled for a broader range of spaces and applications.

Current’s patent-pending viricidal LED light is set to launch this fall in a puck form factor similar to a smoke detector. Compact and unobtrusive, the new LED product delivers continuous UVC and can be installed on ceilings virtually everywhere.

Current is rapidly scaling its continuous disinfection solutions for hospitals, schools, fitness centers, offices, stores, and senior living facilities. The 365DisInFx™ technology is available in Current’s LED luminaires or in stand-alone devices that can be scaled to suit different environments.