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UV LED Strip Lights for Swimming Pool Installation
We need bright LED UV 365 nm wavelength strips to place on edge of pools just above the waterline close to the water edge (not in water) to illuminate the bottom of pools during the nighttime.
We plan to enclose a strip of LEDs in some form of enclosure (clear plastic or clear rubber tubing) to protect them from water splashing on LEDs.
We do offer a 365 nm UV LED strip in a 2835 LED form factor which should work well for your needs from a photometric perspective. The LED strips themselves, however, are not waterproof and therefore do not have the IP rating you are looking for.
If you are able to encase the LED strips in your own waterproofing material, we could definitely see our product being a great fit for your needs.
The one thing we would advise you to confirm is to ensure that the waterproofing material does not inadvertently absorb the UV output, as this is a commonly seen issue with plastics and epoxies.
By using 365nm for short exposure, am I going to create a lot of blind customers? I plan on installing a timer to light up LEDs for about 5 to 10 minutes every ½ hour and then shut off just long enough to recharge our glow in the dark products. In your opinion, is this a problem for health reasons? What is your recommendation for these installations on LEDs?
Generally speaking, it's a bit difficult for us to provide assurances and guarantees regarding the safe use of ultraviolet LED products, as each installation and application can vary significantly, so we recommend consulting a UV safety expert if you have any further concerns.
Both the 365 nm and 395 nm wavelengths fall under the UV-A wavelength range, which is a weaker form of ultraviolet radiation that is found in natural daylight so there are fewer concerns than other ultraviolet products that fall under the UV-B or UV-C wavelength ranges, for example.
That being said, below are some general safety guidelines that we would recommend following:
- The ultraviolet emitters have a very high intensity when used at a very short distance, but less so at longer distances. Therefore, ensuring that people or animals do not come in close proximity to the UV source can help reduce the risk of any eye safety issues.
- Ultraviolet energy is mostly invisible to the naked eye. It can be difficult for the vision system to recognize a high level of UV "brightness" and produce a natural response to squint or look away, in the way that natural white light would.
UV exposure is usually not an issue as long as a reasonable distance is kept between the UV source and human skin and/or eyes. I am concerned, however, about the location of the UV light installation, as I could see young children curiously looking into the light source from a very short distance, potentially leading to some issues there.
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