Lighting Science of West Warwick, Rhode Island, launched a new LED luminaire that is said to reduce the airborne pathogens responsible for numerous illnesses. According to Lighting Science, the easy-to-install Cleanse ™ is an air-sanitizing luminaire that decreases the levels of airborne particles, including microorganisms. Such health concerns are widely felt in healthcare, schools, gymnasiums and a multitude of public spaces.
Cleanse uses an efficient, multi-stage, air circulation and sanitation system. Activated carbon and HEPA filters capture particulates, and UV LEDs (A+C) further clean and deodorize the air. The company says that the process achieves a greater than 99.9% elimination rate among the most common airborne pathogens. Lighting Science says that this elimination results in reduced contamination, less illness, and a lower risk of infection, particularly for immuno-compromised individuals.
The company says that the luminaire’s retrofit design enables most standard 2’x 4’ light fixtures to be replaced in as little as 15 minutes, thereby minimizing interruptions to normal operations and decreasing installation costs.
Cleanse delivers 3200 lumens while using 60 watts of power when both illumination and air cleaning mode are operating. In addition, Cleanse is available in a wide range of color spectrums including Lighting Science’s alertness-enhancing GoodDay ®.
The Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to reduce payments to hospitals with the highest incidents of HACs. Lighting Science contends that Cleanse offers a viable solution to major hospitals that are being penalized tens of millions of dollars a year. The company further asserts that for many medical institutions, the cost of outfitting their facility with Cleanse luminaires would be less than the amount of their annual HAC penalties.
Dr. David Bacon, an advisor at Lighting Science and an active duty military officer with more than 20 years of experience in infectious disease research and public health said, “A transformative technology such as the Cleanse system can effectively disrupt the inhalation exposure pathway of potentially life threatening infectious diseases. In a hospital environment, this technology has the capacity to save lives, enhance patient health, reduce time to recovery and lower healthcare costs.”
The Sonder Academy in Melbourne, FL, which has used Lighting Science’s GoodDay ® spectrum lighting since opening, has adopted the Cleanse technology for its students. Known for seeking mindful innovative solutions for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, The Sonder Academy’s collaboration with Lighting Science, was natural.
“We are particularly sensitive to our students’ needs, given the nature of their disorders and their susceptibility to illness. We are always eager to embrace new technologies that can increase the health and wellness benefits for both our students and our staff,” says The Sonder Academy’s President of Education Monique Todd. “We have installed Cleanse in one of our three schools and have observed a decrease in the number of sickness-related absences for both students and teachers at this location compared to the other two. This technology has been a blessing.”