Review Philips UV-C table lamp: the gadget that eliminates viruses and bacteria [análise/vídeo]

At a time when we are more attentive to the disinfection and cleaning of our homes and objects, companies like Signify, LG and Samsung take the opportunity to launch products that facilitate this process. To prove that technology can be our ally in this unprecedented moment, Signify launched the Philips UV-C table lamp, a gadget that costs R $ 1,100 and promises to inactivate viruses (including the cause of COVID-19), in addition to germs and bacteria.

The product is bivolt, has a control panel, voice guidance, sensors to help in safety and only comes into action when the environment is empty. But how does it all work? Can I control through an application or just manual? Does it make sense to have a product like this at home? I tested the Philips UV-C table lamp and I share all the details in this review.

Analysis of the Philips UV-C video table lamp

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The Philips UV-C table lamp was provided by Signify on loan and will be returned to the company after testing. For more information, visit tecnoblog.net/etica.

Design and installation

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Although it is possible to find luminaires of various sizes, shapes and finishes, the Philips UV-C has a very different design than we are used to. It weighs 800 grams, is 24 cm tall and the company had to replace plastic with metal, which is present in almost the entire structure of the device, and is more resistant to UV-C rays. That way, the product ends up lasting longer, which is always great.

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

In the center, are the two lamps that act in disinfecting the environment. They are not removable, so they cannot be changed at any time by the user. But, according to Philips, these lamps have 9,000 hours of life – so you will hardly have a durability problem. However, this central area is completely open and will require some care during handling.

The controls on the Philips UV-C table lamp are very intuitive and there is no secret there; they are at the top and make access, activation and programming a lot easier. The first button allows you to turn the electronic on and off and beside it we have the timer that allows you to select the disinfection period.

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

The speaker with voice guidance is very welcome and without it it would be a huge challenge to understand how this product works. There is a “assistant” who speaks Portuguese (pulled into Spanish), and helps you during the initial configuration, notifies you when the product starts operating and alerts you to the dangers of UV-C, which, in a way, is harmful to us and our animals.

Working

We are all at risk of contracting and spreading viruses and bacteria. The concern around this became greater during the pandemic, since we understand well how a virus, for example, spreads and affects our lives. This attention is even greater in public places: hospitals, hotels, airports, schools, shops, among others. Many companies use UV-C lamps, which emit ultraviolet rays, to disinfect air, objects and surfaces. There are even robots that emit UV-C to sterilize places.

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips says that research carried out by the National Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases, at Boston University (USA), showed that the light present here can eliminate germs, bacteria, mites, molds and even SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID -19.

Signify’s main objective with this Philips UV-C table lamp is to bring this technology and more efficient protection to people’s homes. All of this is very cool, especially now, but I believe that the brand could better clarify the operation, as well as allow the monitoring of cleaning through an application. It was what I missed most here: a dedicated app with instructions and, above all, with monitoring information.

This is not a very complex task for Philips. I myself have praised the application and the integration of the Hue lamp here in Tecnoblog. It would be much more interesting if this product were more technological and allowed disinfection to be monitored. Especially because you can’t be in the same environment when it is on, but I’ll get to that later.

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

For each space, Philips recommends a different performance. For example: in a small place, such as a bathroom, you can set the cleaning to 15 minutes, achieving a range of 2 meters. For a room of about 20m², it is recommended to set 30 minutes and the range will be 2.5 meters. As for a living room, which is usually large, the ideal is to program the maximum time: 45 minutes (here, the range will be 3 meters).

In my room, which is small, I set it for 30 minutes. After that there is nothing to do: you must leave the room and the table lamp is only activated when the person is no longer inside. When finished, it says “routine completed” and the user can now enter the space again.

Sensors

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

In addition to the timer, the Philips UV-C table lamp has a motion sensor that can identify humans and animals within a radius of 5 meters. Most of the time I realized that the sensor is accurate and managed to block the device as soon as I opened the bedroom door. However, at another time to test the accuracy, I was startled when she called from my side after I programmed. I was in the office, working on the computer at a distance of 1.20 meters from the lamp and there were no objects that could cause interference.

In fact, the sensor only works when there are sudden movements, not being able to recognize a person who is nearby, sitting in front of a notebook, for example. This does not mean that the sensor is bad, but it could be more efficient to recognize the user standing in the environment, even more considering the range of 5 meters (very wide).

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

UV-C light can eliminate or inactivate microorganisms in general (viruses, bacteria and fungi). However, radiation is harmful to our skin and eyes, which is why you need to be careful when purchasing a device like this and it is extremely important to have these sensors to ensure your safety.

Philips UV-C table lamp: is it worth it?

The Philips UV-C table lamp generated mixed feelings. First, this is a niche product, I see that it is ideal for owners of inns, sites and hotels that receive a lot of people. For the home environment, which is not used for seasonal rentals, it may even be worth it as long as you are aware of the limitations and accept the required care well.

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Philips UV-C table lamp (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

You still need to be careful not to think that you can light up your home with it. Although Philips markets this product as a table lamp, the device has nothing to do with it and cannot be used for this purpose. It would be really cool if that were the case, but apparently, that was not the purpose of Signify.

As for disinfection, the gadget arrives at a crucial moment and is very welcome during this period, after all, it can, yes, help save lives. During laboratory tests, the luminaire showed good results, managing to eliminate 99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a matter of seconds. But the user cannot follow this clearly, which is why it would be important to have a dedicated application with data. If I liked the lamp? Well, it was a very different and curious experiment to test equipment like this, maybe it can make more sense when this residential option gets more technological.

Technical specifications

  • Model: Philips table lamp for UV-C disinfection (9290024766)
  • Bulb type: fluorescent UV-C
  • Input Voltage: 110-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Wattage: 24 W
  • UV-C lamp life: 9,000 hours
  • Wavelength of UV-C light: 253.7 nm
  • Wave irradiation of UV-C light: 660uW / cm²
  • Dimensions: 120 × 120 × 247 mm
  • Weight: 800 kg

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