UV Applications

UV Lamps At a Glance

Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are a powerful light source specially designed to emit light at the ultraviolet wavelength. A form of electromagnetic radiation, UV light has a shorter wavelength than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. UV light is separated into three basic categories: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C, each of which has its own unique properties and uses. Because UV lamps are able to replicate various types of UV light, they are beneficial for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and healthcare-related applications.

Different Types of UV Lamps

Depending on your particular needs, UV lamps can emit different types of UV light. These include:


UV-A lamps emit wavelengths between 315 nm and 400 nm. This type of UV light is considered the least intense and harmful of the three UV light types. UV-A lamps have various industrial and commercial applications, including curing and tanning.


UV-B light emits wavelengths between 290 nm and 320 nm and is considered more harmful than UV-A light. UV-B lamps have various uses in the medical industry as well as in criminal investigations. For example, UV-B lamps can be used for phototherapy to treat medical conditions such as psoriasis.


Due to their ability to effectively kill bacteria, UV-C lamps are primarily used for sterilization and disinfection applications in hospitals, laboratory settings, food packaging facilities, and manufacturing plants. A UV-C lamp emits a wavelength between 100 nm and 280 nm and has proven to be an optimal solution for water and air purification systems.

UV Lamp Applications

UV lamps allow various industries to replicate UV-A, UV-B, or UV-C radiation for various purposes. In addition to illumination, UV curing, tanning, phototherapy, and germicidal disinfection, UV lamps are useful in the following applications:

  • Product Assembly & Adhesives
  • Electronic Manufacturing
    • UV screen resist links
    • Sealants
    • Fiber optics
  • Automotive Manufacturing
    • Silicone airbag components
    • Sound insulation
    • Interior trim components
  • Printing
    • Litho
    • Flexo
    • Screen
    • 3D
    • Digital inkjet
  • Tanning
  • Nail Lamps
  • Air & Water Purification Systems
  • Sanitizing & Disinfecting
  • Forensics

Industries That Commonly Use UV Lamps

Because of their many benefits and endless possibilities, UV lamps are quickly becoming a common choice for industries worldwide. While UV-A and UV-B lamps have their many uses, UV-C lamps have increasingly grown in popularity for applications that require water, surface, and air sterilization. These lamps offer a simple, safe, and cost-effective solution for industries such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Printing
  • Manufacturing
  • Air & water treatment
  • Beauty and personal care
  • HVAC

UV Lamps by Southern Lamps

Southern Lamps offers a versatile product line that can be used in a broad range of applications, including curing, disinfecting, printing, and many more. Southern Lamps, Inc. has over 70 years of combined experience in UV and infrared (IR) lamp manufacturing and IR/UV drying equipment field service and installation. As a supplier of high-quality IR drying and UV curing lamps and spare parts, Southern Lamps, Inc. can provide products to meet your specific replacement lamp needs.

For more information about our UV lamps and other products, contact us today.