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UV LED Light Option for Reactive Collectibles


I have an 8-wide by 6-foot tall shelving unit full of “black light” reactive collectibles, and I want to illuminate every possible inch of this with the “brightest” UV Light so that all of my collectibles have the strongest glow possible. Could you recommend the proper type of lighting fixture? I’m torn between a wall washer and a flood light.

Based on the details provided, we would likely recommend the 365nm realUV™ LED Flood Light, as the focused output may allow for a superior effect upon the targets than the downward-cast and dispersed wall washing method, depending on the orientation.

For visualizing the difference in output between the realUV™ LED Flood Light and the realUV™ LED Strip Lights, we have attached links to each product’s UV Irradiance Patterns below. 

By reviewing these documents, you will note both the comparative scope of the output as well as the gradual reduction of microwatts per square centimeter. Hopefully, this helps visualize the effect that each would have on your collectibles.

realUV™ LED Flood Light - UV Irradiance Pattern 

realUV™ LED Strip Lights - UV Irradiance Pattern 

When considering the 395nm and 365nm options it might be helpful to know that the 365nm option can provide a greater fluorescent effect on targets, as the output is further from the visible spectrum than the 395nm option.

How far away would you suggest mounting the light? As well as from what direction?

Based on our review of the LED Floor Light UV Irradiance Pattern, we would suspect that the light would function best at 2-3 feet from the target to avoid reduced output that further distances may result in.

To wash the shelf contents evenly, we would recommend installing the food light in front of and angled towards the shelf. This could be accomplished by installing the light on the ceiling using the metal mounting bracket. 

​If you would prefer evenly-distributed light using in-shelf lighting, then you may want to consider the realUV™ LED Strip Lights and aluminum channels as an option for installing lighting within your shelf. We have attached a LayoutMap below for an installation that utilizes connected segments of the ultraviolet LED Strip Light products, if that is helpful for visualizing the installation. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4C - realUV LED Strip Lights


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