Businesses turn to ultraviolet lighting to ease customer concerns about sanitation

As businesses prepare to reopen to customers at limited capacity, additional sanitation methods are being considered beyond standard surface cleaning.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, which manages more than 800 units, has brought portable, ultraviolet lights into all of its resorts. The lights are meant to disinfect rooms between stays as well as common areas such as lobbies, spas and gyms.

The UV lights come from the Lakewood-based company PURO UV Disinfection Lighting, which claims the UV lights kill up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. The company’s lighting units also are used in places like hospitals and manufacturing facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published findings that UV lighting, along with two other methods, has shown the most promise to disinfect N-95 respirators.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations CEO Mike Dudick said he learned about the availability of the technology about three weeks ago and jumped on it immediately because he was concerned suppliers wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand for the products. He said the company now has at least 50 of the UV lights, which are set up on a tripod and can handle one room at a time for 15-minute intervals.

“We obtained a sufficient supply to be able to meet our demand for unit turnover on any given day, so we can assure that we’ll be able to use this technology for every unit and every guest check-in to make sure the unit has the hospital grade UV light disinfection,” Dudick said.

Dudick added that common areas will be disinfected daily by using the lights in the middle of the night, or when there is otherwise no human activity, as the UV lights are harmful to people when directly exposed.

As Breckenridge Grand Vacations prepares for a reopening date of June 1, staff is being trained to operate the hotel using the new technology. Dudick said they are being trained to use the lights safely and properly to fully disinfect rooms.

“It is way beyond disinfecting a countertop or a tabletop in a unit,” Dudick said. “It’s the bedspreads. It’s the drapes. It’s the couches, the chairs, the carpet. I think that most consumers are going to begin to demand that they have the security of UV light and hospital-grade disinfectant anytime they rent a place to stay.”

Some local shop owners also are using the disinfectant capabilities of UV lights. Salon owner Melanie Ash of Melanie Ash Integrative Beauty has purchased UV lights for her salon that she plans to use during longer breaks between clients and at the end of each day to thoroughly sanitize the space. In addition to the UV lighting and required standard sanitation and facial coverings in the salon, Ash has implemented other creative ways to keep her business space as clean as possible. She asks clients to shampoo their hair prior to coming in since the stylists will be touching the client’s hair.

“It’s just another layer of keeping the space sanitized and respecting others,” Ash said.

In his Mountain Mercantile and Everything Colorado shops, co-owner Graeme Johnston has opted for a UV-based air filtration system that can run 24 hours a day.

“We’ve been looking at it for our shops and also for our homes to tell people this is what we’re doing to help get rid of (germs) in our stores and help kill all the viruses and bacteria that we didn’t think about as far as two months ago,” Johnston said. “It was a Clorox wipe and off we go.”

Johnston explained that one air purifier, which he found for $400, is sufficient to purify about 750 square feet. He said there are larger purifiers that work for larger spaces. Johnston said the UV technology available can help revive Summit County’s tourism economy.

“We have to get back and say to people with confidence that, ‘When you come up here, this is what we have done to protect your safety and also the safety of our employees, people in our society, in our community,’” Johnston said. “The air purifier is an inexpensive way to get this out.”

Johnston noted that the purifiers are easy to use as they simply plug into the wall. He stressed that additional sanitation measures businesses can take, like the UV lights and filters, will help people feel safe from coronavirus as well as anything else that travelers might bring to Summit County.

“If it works, this could be a good solution for the whole industry,” Johnston said.

Why Your Office Needs UV Light Sanitizing

Of course, there are specific ways to best keep your skin clean, whether it’s oily, acne-prone, or otherwise. Yet, one device can often get neglected during our daily hygiene and cleanliness routines: Our phones, which we put through the ringer every day.

  • You’re constantly scrolling through it — eating, resting in between sweaty sets at the gym and so on
  • Maybe your kids are grabbing it with less-than-clean hands
  • Or maybe you’re whipping up dinner (hello, raw chicken), following your favorite recipe.

There’s a lot of microbes hanging around on your stuff.

What are ultraviolet (UV) light sanitizers?
“Unlike the average American, our tech devices don’t take a shower each day,” says Michael Schmidt, PhD, a professor with the department of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. “We take a shower to remove the microbes affiliated with our skin. The only thing that microbes like better than human skin is plastic and glass,” he explained. In other words, microbes are attracted to your smartphone, your earbuds, your tablet and other products you likely use everyday.

Until recently, your best option was to use a microfiber cloth — or an alternative — to physically wipe these microbes away. Recently, companies have been releasing products equipped with ultraviolet (UV) light to sanitize products (or themselves). These UV light sanitizers promise to rid your tech and other household items of germs that might make you sick.

How do UV light sanitizers work?

The UVCH (Handheld) – Designed for difficult to reach places, the compact high-power design provides 99.99% effective log-reduction of microorganisms in 5 seconds or less when held 2 inches from any surface. Lightweight and easy to use.

On the UV light spectrum there are UV-A, B, and C lights. Only the UV-C light can kill germs, says Philip Tierno, PhD, a clinical professor in the department of pathology at New York University Langone Medical Center.

“This light has a range of effectiveness, which interferes and destroys the nucleic acids of bacteria and other microbes,” Tierno explained, adding that the range of light can also disrupt proteins in the microbes by killing certain amino acids. They work best on smooth surfaces and have limitations, Tierno advised.

“UV-C penetrates superficially, and the light can’t get into nooks and crannies,” he explained. That includes things like buttons or phone cases, which are lined with crevices. If a germ is encased within a food particle, for example, the UV light won’t be able to get at it.

“These kill microbes quickly,” Michael Schmidt said. “But when your device comes out, it’s only as safe as its last encounter.” In other words, using the UV light sanitizer doesn’t license you to get dirty and ignore possible new germs on the phone.

UV light sanitizers to shop in 2020
If you’re considering grabbing a UV light sanitizer or a product that uses UV lights, here are some uses you’ll likely get out of it:

These sanitizers can really shine if multiple people are around your tech devices through the day — as in an office, for example.
They make for a quick clean for your tech after your kids (or grandkids) had their way with it
And they can be helpful after a day out hiking, gardening, running and so on or a day in cooking, cleaning or playing around with your pets.
Beyond UV-sanitizing devices that clean your tech, there are also products that use UV light to clean what’s inside them, like water bottles that self-clean. (Because you know you don’t wash your water bottle as often as you should.) These also employ UV-C light to rid germs and viruses on their interior.

We carry UV Sanitizers!

Parker Lighting continues to shine in our community supporting our local businesses.  Due to increased demand our uv sanitizers are selling out quickly. Please contact us today to get one for your business or office.

Creative Kitchen Lighting Options

Light your kitchen with fun fixtures and sleek LED strips to create a custom look.


Lighting can play a huge part in tying together a space. Particularly in the kitchen, which usually tends to be a main gathering space for most families, lighting can help to highlight special features, add practicality to the space and infuse the homeowner’s style into the design.

Here are some creative ways to light your kitchen.

LED lights inside cabinets
Many people are intrigued by long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lights and will use LEDs in their accent lighting. Using LED lights to highlight your kitchen cabinets can be a creative yet frugal way to add another dimension to your kitchen lighting, while adding a personal touch to the space.

Under-cabinet lighting
Oftentimes, it’s the subtle things that make lighting stand out in a kitchen. Adding under-cabinet lighting is not only practical for lighting areas in hard-to-reach places, but can accentuate areas of interest in the kitchen like the backsplash and countertops.

Why not shine a spotlight on the design and selections that make your kitchen beautiful?

 

Modern light fixtures
While practicality is usually the main goal when it comes to lighting, choosing lighting fixtures can allow customers to add their own style to a kitchen.

While some homeowners may not go as bold on the kitchen countertops or backsplash, adding modern lighting fixtures can be a good way to add the personal taste they crave — without the permanency of the other kitchen elements.

Current lighting trends
When in doubt, go with the trends. Opal rather than clear glass is gaining popularity due to it’s ability to diffuse light. Streamlined wall sconces can also play a part in lighting hard-to-reach areas, as well as add personal flair to the space.

For your fixtures, the ‘mixed metal’ look is very popular right now. Try a copper, gold and chrome combination when choosing your kitchen lighting.

Overall, there are many creative ways to light your kitchen without sacrificing practicality. Take the opportunity to let your style shine through and research the many different lighting options before starting your project.

What kind of lighting do you use in the kitchen?

 

Coronavirus ‘Light It Blue’ Campaign Gives Thanks To Essential Workers

Hundreds of businesses and venues nationwide express gratitude to the front liners

Last Thursday was the #Light It Blue campaign as communities across the country, and even the world, spotlighted historic buildings, major sports stadiums and event venues, national landmarks and even Niagara Falls in blue lighting as a show of gratitude for health care professionals, first responders and essential workers caring for people on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #LightItBlue and #MakeItBlue movement began in the United Kingdom as major landmarks were lighted throughout the country in salute to health care providers. When introduced in the United States, support for the concept was impressive. The NFL joined the party. Mayors jumped on board. Major corporations lighted their headquarters.

Estimates are that more than 100 sites in New York City, home to the highest numbers of the coronavirus patients, and more than 400 other sites across America turned on the lights at 8 pm local time last Thursday. This age of LED lighting made the effort all the more dramatic.

“We hope it just creates this giant hug for all the health care workers and essential workers,” Michael Fiur, one of the Light It Blue campaign’s organizers and an internationally renowned entertainment producer, told CBS New York.

To name just a few prominent spots which embraced the group hug, let’s salute Arlington’s Globe Life Field, new home of the Texas Rangers whenever Major League Baseball resumes in its regular stadiums; Houston’s City Hall and all its major sports stadiums; Dallas’ Reunion Tower and Omni Hotel. And those are just some of the stunning shots corralled from Instagram.

Take a closer look at this new wave of blue, a symbol of heartfelt appreciation and thanks, that extended across the country to include Seattle’s Space Needle, Walt Disney World, Niagara Falls and more:

5 Reasons Businesses Love to Partner with Parker Lighting

Do you feel like lighting is throwing a wrench in your project schedule and you’re scrambling to get a lighting package engineered? And after review, you found the package doesn’t quite meet the original design intent?

There’s another way to do lighting.

Louis Hirsch i Owner of Parker Lighting

By working with a Parker Lighting early in the design process, you can avoid the value engineering crunch altogether and still come out ahead on your budget. Even more, you can be confident that the final product will be more consistent and on-brand across your projects.  Parker Lighting are specialists, supporting the architect’s efforts to deliver the kind of space the customer envisions, and ensuring the space is properly illuminated and compliant with code.

What does Parkerlighting do when designing my lighting project?
What exactly do we do? With a horde of different people involved in your national new construction or remodel projects, you might be wondering if Parker Lighting is worth it and how we differ from other people in the process.

Think of Parker Lighting as someone who helps close the communication loop on design, specification, and installation of lighting for your project. We have an advanced understanding of the technology behind the products you’re considering and sophisticated tools. This allows us to make sure your design is meeting your aesthetic requirements and the appropriate code requirements. (If you’ve had to deal with Title 24, you know how critical this can be.

At the end of the day, on every project and prototype, someone is specifying the lighting. Who specified it for the last design you did? Did you get the results you wanted for the price you budgeted?

Boiling it down, here are three of the greatest contributions a lighting designer can make:

  1. Meet the customer’s needs
    Parker Lighting establishes the performance of the proposed lighting scheme before a single item is purchased and installed.Using tools like AutoCAD, AGI32, and Revit combined with IES files from reputable lighting manufacturers, lighting designers’ model and compare the performance of different specification options.The photometric studies and 3D renderings help to eliminate the surprise of walking into a completed project that feels too dim, has dark corners, or seems to generally miss the design intent. It also helps you to avoid situations when the lighting package is “over-designed.”
  2. Meet the customer’s budget and timeline
    Parker Lighting gathers lead times and firm quotes to ensure budget and timeliness from the start.  It doesn’t get much worse than getting a lighting specification dialed in, just to hear a lighting distributor say the lead time is 12 weeks (after your project is supposed to be complete).
    Involving Parker Lighting ensures that you have preset budget costs and lead times for lighting specifications so you don’t end up with late-in-the-game surprises. Our team works closely together to accurately forecast lead times and gauge stock levels.
    We also draw from a wide range of manufacturers to ensure that you get the best performance, lead times, and pricing for your projects.
  3. Follow through
    Parker Lighting ensures the lighting ultimately installed in your space is consistent with your brand and vision.  One of the essential components of a great lighting specification is the ability to scale to multiple locations, reduce maintenance headaches, and ensure brand consistency. We have extensive knowledge of how to manipulate light paired with the practical wisdom on how to make lighting systems reliable and easy to maintain. 

    We are ready to serve you!

What’s the ROI of working with a Parker Lighting?

There are a few ways to estimate the return on investment of using Parker Lighting for your project.

Material savings
If you work with a lighting designer that has relationships with a wide range of reputable manufacturers, they’ll be able to source the perfect product for your application at the most cost-effective price. You’ll find yourself saving a great deal on material savings by partnering with a lighting designer to find a solution that solves all of your problems.

Energy and maintenance savings
Parker Lighting are also experts in optimizing lighting specifications for maximum efficiency and ease of maintenance. Consider the long-term savings that you could gain through the right lighting.

Project efficiency
Although it’s hard to estimate the financial impact of a more efficiently run project, the reduced stress isn’t hard to imagine. As someone who has overseen multiple new construction rollouts or national retrofits, you’ll be able to see the difference in the fluid communication and reduced surprises on projects involving Parker.

Brand consistency and design intent
Matching the overall design intent is another way to measure the ROI of using a lighting designer. This is another benefit that’s difficult to measure in financial impact, but a consistent brand presented to your customer or tenants makes your business more trustworthy and attractive. That’s an important win.

Increased sales from good lighting
Though study after study shows that quality lighting makes a difference to shoppers, lighting remains one of those things that is often taken for granted. It’s sort of like cell phone service or drinking water.

It’s not something most people pay attention to unless it’s off.
Just like cellular networks and purified drinking water, details matter in lighting. Ensuring a cell signal isn’t spotty or that the total dissolved soluble content of water is palatable is a science. And it’s pretty easy to mess up.

With lighting, mistakes rarely go unnoticed. And even the less-noticed ones can have a trickle-down effect on sales. The job of the lighting designer is to help you avoid such oversights, ensuring your lighting is sharp, consistent, and right for your brand – putting your product in the best possible light, rather than merely illuminating the space around it.

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