The best UV lights emit as little visible light as possible.
Ultraviolet (UV) light with shorter wavelengths has more overall energy, and a wider variety of materials will fluoresce (glow) under shorter wavelengths of UV light. The type of Ultraviolet light and the color of visible light is determined by its wavelength. The unit of measurement for light wavelengths is the nanometer (nm). Ultraviolet light is generally considered to be from 200 nm to 400 nm. As you can see from the chart below, 400nm is barely UV, and is right on the border of the visible light spectrum. Longwave UV light is the wavelength that familiar blacklight bulbs produce. It is safe, not harmful to the eyes, and will make fluorescent paints & markers light up brightly. It will also rapidly 'charge up' glow-in-the-dark materials (instead of holding them under bright white light for long periods of time). However, once you get into the short UV wavelengths (such as those under 300 nm) they have so much energy that they will burn your eyes & skin (which is exactly why they are used in tanning machines). The UV wavelength of 264 nm is known as 'germicidal' and this very short wavelength of UV light is the particular wavelength that will kill microorganisms. UV light in this range is used to sterilize medical tools and surfaces. Ultraviolet light is also ideal for: Entry control at events (UV mark on people's hands), Leak detection using fluorescent dyes,Curing UV adhesives, Detecting repairs in pottery & china, Scorpion & insect hunting, Law enforcement (detecting UV strips on insignia or ID's), Product QA (detecting authenticating strips on products), Counterfeit bill detection, Electronics (test sensors, etc), Lab & science experiments, etc.
Basic Information About IR Light
Infrared (IR) light is also known as 'heat radiation' and is typically defined as wavelengths from about 700 nm to just under microwave frequencies. In layman's terms, infrared light can be considered 'heat'. For IR lighting uses, there are two main IR wavelengths used by IR LEDs, 850 nm and 940 nm. LEDs that emit IR light at 850 nm can be seen in the dark - they emit a very low intensity deep red glow. LEDs emitting IR at 940 nm produce no visible light and cannot be seen. CO2 lasers operate at a much higher infrared wavelength of 10,600 nm.
Professional 12W UV Flashlight The new 'Alonefire' UN Pro UV Flashlight is a high power UV light for professional use - and is nothing like inexpensive UV flashlights you see with clusters of LEDS in them. The UN Pro uses a recently developed,...... more info
High Power UV 365nm Penlight >This is a great all-purpose UV light ideal for uncovering dog's and cat's dry urines, rodent stains, detecting scorpions; authenticating currency, ID cards, and passports, identifying Vaseline glass, and...... more info
50 Watt UV Floodlight > When you really need a powerful UV light, this unit is for you. This is one of the best UV lights we've seen, our UV Floodlight blasts the area with 50 watts of ultraviolet light. Powered by 50, highly...... more info
UV-Blacklight Fixture Great for all kinds of Blacklight (UV) experiments & lighting effects, our high performance, 24" long, 20 watt Blacklight shines like the big 40 watters. Emits safe longwave UV light in the 365 to 395 nm range. This is a...... more info
Ultraviolet LEDs UV LEDs - solid-state 'blacklights. UV LEDs will make fluorescent paints & 'invisible' inks glow brightly. The UV light from these devices will rapidly charge up glow-in-the-dark products much faster than normal bright light. The.... more info
Invisible UV Ink > An all-purpose UV ink that is invisible under normal lighting conditions, but under UV light (blacklight), it glows a bright blue. It is the same formula used in our Invisible UV Marking Pens. Perfect for hand stamping at...... more info
Invisible UV Marker Our permanent UV Marker Pen leaves just a clear (invisible) mark when viewed under ordinary light. Under UV (blacklight) though, the writing glows a sky blue and is plainly seen. Used by business owners, law enforcement, home...... more info
Stamp Pad, empty > For use with our Invisible UV Ink (or your own ink), these genuine Carter felt inkpads are ideal for all inkpad uses. Use your own rubber stamp to mark books and other valuables or stamp hands at special events, etc. The...... more info
UV Enhancing Glasses > Ideal for use with any of our UV lights or any UV light source between 375nm - 400 nm. Some materials do fluoresce under UV light, but are too difficult to pick out of the background 'fringe' UV wavelengths. These...... more info
Invisible Infrared LEDs Our Infrared LEDs ( IR LEDs ) emit a completely invisible wavelength of light at 940 nanometers. There are some IR LEDs available that are 'near' infrared, and in the dark you can plainly see their dim red glow. They do...... more info
UltraFire IR Flashlight Our UltraFire IR is a powerful Infrared flashlight ideal for night vision uses. Unlike other IR flashlights, our unit operates at an IR wavelength of 940nm meaning it produces absolutely NO visible light at all. The unit...... more info