UV-A+B Irradiance Meter

NIST traceable, hand-held UV light irradiance meter with an integral sensor. Compact and durable for single-handed use.

  • Measure UV in the wavelength range of 280nm – 400nm
  • Measurements are shown in mW/cm2
  • Supplied with a certificate of calibration

Typical applications include monitoring drop off of UV bulbs and tubes, transmission testing of PPE, screens and guards and natural sunlight measurements.

Description

Applications

  • Monitoring drop off of UV light irradiance during the operating life of UV bulbs and tubes.
  • Determination of UV light transmission (%) of transparent materials such as glass, plastic and window tinting film.
  • Checking the comparative performance of UV blocking guards, screens, clothing and eye/face protection.
  • Natural sunlight measurements.
  • Leak checking UV light cabinets, conveyors and systems.

Sensor

The sensor consists of a GaAsP photodiode chip and a UV filter. It is completely insensitive to visible light longer than 400nm and infrared radiation because its spectral response only covers the UV region from 280 – 400nm. Applications include solar UV detection as a spectral response is well matched to the solar UV spectrum.

Operation

To operate your UV meter, aim the sensor window located on the top panel of the meter directly at a UV source. Press and hold push-button switch on the face of the unit. Aim sensor window in the top panel of meter directly at UV source. Note reading on LCD and record if considered.

The battery operation voltage is 9V down to 6.5V. Below 6.5V the LCD numbers will begin to dim, indicating the need for a battery replacement.

Under “typical” service load, the battery should last about 2 years.

  • Wear eye protection when checking UV lamps (Glasses that provide wrap-around protection are ideal).
  • Allow lamps to warm-up prior to taking readings (at least 5 minutes).

Addition information

  • When comparing different types of lamps consider readings to be relative rather than absolute.
  • Lamps that peak near 365 nm (newer designs) will read higher than lamps that peak near 350 nm.
  • Do not subject the meter to extremes in temperature, humidity, shock or dust.
  • Use a dry, soft cloth to clean the instrument. Keep the sensor free of oil, dirt, etc.

Specification

Measurement unit mW/cm2
UV spectral response 280 – 400 nm
Peak response 370 nm
Measuring range 0 – 199.9 mW/cm2
Display graduation 0.1 mW/cm2
Display 3.5 digit LCD
Weight 128 g
Dimensions 105 mm x 60 mm x 3 mm
Operating temperature range 0 – 37oC
Operating humidity 5 – 80 & RH
Power supply 9 V battery
Sensor GaAsP photodiode
Accuracy + / – 10 % Ref NIST
Calibration interval 6 – 12 months depending on usage