Despite enormous investments in eradication research, bacterial pathogens transmitted from surface contact, in food, water, and from other environmental sources remain a major cause of illness in both developed and developing cultures. Examples of such infectious pathogens include bacteria such as Salmonella, Escherichia, Shigella, Listeria and the insidious and highly deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

However, when these selected bacterial pathogens, all commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), were exposed to illumiPure’s CleanWhite™ 405/470nm LED array, the results showed that both gram-positive and gram-negative species were successfully inactivated. These results, which even showed the inactivation of the highly lethal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), demonstrate that our patented CleanWhite™ narrow-spectrum 405/470nm LED illumination provides an evolutionary decontamination method with a wide range of potential applications.

To combat the growing epidemic of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), hospitals have turned to expensive specialized cleaning systems, caustically harsh chemicals, or ultraviolet (UV) disinfection lights. While these lights are effective and do not use harsh chemicals, their efficacy is limited as they can only be used when patients and staff are not in the room. This is because UV wavelengths are a known carcinogen and can damage eyesight, skin cells and even cause cancer.

So how does it work?

  • The 405/470nm light wavelength emitted from illumiPure’s CleanWhite™ disinfecting LEDs shines onto surfaces and penetrates harmful micro-organisms.
  • The light targets naturally occurring molecules that exist inside bacteria called porphyrins. The light is absorbed and the affected porphyrins produce a Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) inside the cell.
  • This ROS chemical reaction created inside the cell by the CleanWhite™ wavelength produces an effect that is similar to those that occur when using bleach.
  • The Reactive Oxygen Species inactivates the bacteria, preventing it from re-populating the surface or traveling to further surfaces or hosts.

But that’s not it!