Research Articles

History & Applications of Ultraviolet Light - Need for Installed Solutions

The History of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Air Disinfection

Published: Public Health Reports, 2010


Given concerns over infections that are transmitted completely or partially airborne, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, research into the effectiveness of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) for disinfecting the air has resurfaces. This article covers the history of UVGI from biological foundation to real-world applications.


UVGI has been proven effective at preventing infections and has even been recommended by the CDC as a supplement for Tuberculosis (TB) infection control in healthcare settings. Installed solutions for the deployment of UVGI are needed to make the solutions safe and effective.