UV-C disinfection

Project Nekton offers UV-C lighting to meet the growing demand for disinfection.


UV-C radiation is a well-known disinfectant for air, surfaces, objects and water that can reduce the risk of infection. It has been used for more than 40 years. All bacteria and viruses tested to date (there have been many hundreds over the years, including several coronaviruses) react to UV-C disinfection.


In laboratory tests, our UV-C light sources inactivated 99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a surface at an exposure time of 6 seconds and 99.99% in the air of a room within 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, the virus was no longer detectable in the air. A clear indication that UV-C can play a valuable role in your protection strategy.

Upper-air disinfection

The quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the cleanliness of the surfaces we touch have a major impact on our health and well-being. We are all at risk of contracting and spreading viruses and bacteria, especially in busy public places such as offices, factories, shops, bars, restaurants, schools, museums and public transport.

Better ventilation

Ventilation refreshes the air in a room and thus reduces the concentration of pathogens in the air. This is expressed in number of air changes per hour (ACH), the number of times the air in a room is replaced by new air in one hour. Ventilation is aimed at bringing in fresh air and reducing CO2 levels. Each air change reduces the level of pathogens by only 63% per hour (1 ACH). In order to minimise the risk of airborne infection (99.99% reduction), at least 9 ACH are required. With standard ventilation solutions, these standards are hardly ever achieved in practice. Even if every building does comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations, experts doubt whether this is enough to prevent the spread of the virus.


UV-C devices disinfect the air in the room and inactivate airborne pathogens. The effectiveness can be expressed in equivalent air changes per hour (eqACH). Research shows that the Philips UV-C upper air fittings 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus inactivated in only 10 minutes - the equivalent of 50 ACH (50eqACH). With additional air cleaning or disinfection, you can therefore achieve more air changes per hour (ACH) and render the viruses present in the air harmless.. Therefore, UV-C is a sensible and effective addition to ventilation to significantly reduce the risk of contamination.

See how it works: https://youtu.be/6jIMcvBS3Gw

Case Sint Oda

  • Sint Oda, a service centre for people with complex and/or multiple disabilities, uses additional measures to disinfect the air in the living groups with Philips UV-C.
  • Philips UV-C upper air units inactivate 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air in just 10 minutes, making them the perfect addition to ventilation1.
  • This installation is also part of large-scale scientific research into the effects of supplementary air purification in practice

The installation of the Philips UV-C fittings at Sint Oda was carried out by Project Nekton.

Link to video realisation: Operation 'Cleaner air' at Sint Oda in Pelt - YouTube
Link to press release: Press release_Operation 'Cleaner air' at Sint Oda in Pelt.pdf