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Figure 1. Germicidal response function for ultraviolet radiation (adapted from CIE 2003).

Ultraviolet Radiation Terminology

By Ian Ashdown, P. Eng., FIES
Senior Scientist, SunTracker Technologies Ltd.

A word of caution: I am going to be annoyingly pedantic here, but with good reason. The lighting industry has a century-long history of introducing unfamiliar technologies using familiar terminology. We later come to regret our choice of words when it becomes necessary to express precisely what we mean.

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