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UV Detection Equipment
by Bruce Beach
Radiological Scientific Officer

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The criteria that I have established for selecting proper instrumentation is as follows:

Professional Equipment

Professional equipment is too expensive for my pocket book (between two thousand and fifteen thousand dollars) and is often too complicated to use.

Diana Clarke, Editor
The Sun and Your Skin
Health and science information on life and light

A source for this type of equipment is:

Yankee Environmental:

Build your own from scratch

You might try to build your own -
but I have never done it
and don't know of anyone else who has either.

Nevertheless, here are some directions -
but I really doubt that this will work out.

Build your own out of UV beads

Here is another crazy idea.
These beads are quite durable -
and they can supposedly be used over
50,000 times.

You can see the difference between inside and outside
I have no idea how one would calibrate them.

I don't know how many you will get for $11.95 but it will probably be a bunch.

You could have a problem if, as another supplier says, they are subject to Hazardous Materials surcharge and require special packaging and/or must be shipped by motor freight.

Check them out at:

Rainbow Symphony, Inc.
6860 Canby Ave., Suite 120
Reseda, California 91335
800 821-5122 - 818-708-8400
Fax: 818-708-8470
email: [email protected]

A UV Card

The UV Card

Measure ultraviolet light intensity

Watch the scale!


A simple, reusable, credit card size device that indicates the ultraviolet light intensity.

The UV Card measures the strength of UV light (in about 20 seconds).

Good price - but I don't know -

You might get more info at:

South Seas Trading Company

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Best that I have found so far

The Safe Sun


Intensity: 0 15 UVI

Dose: 0 99 MED

Accuracy: 15% (3 15UVI); 20% (0 3UVI)

Basic Mode: Erythemal UV Intensity, Erythemal UV Daily Dose

Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.0 x 0.9 (115 x 51 x 23 mm)

Weight: 5 ounces (140 g.), with batteries.

Operation time:

Operation temperature: 10 150F (-10 50oC)

Operation humidity: 0 95%, non condensing

Construction: ABS plastic

Battery Type: two CR2430 lithium batteries (equivalents: DL2430, 5011LC)

I am told that the batteries are readily available at places like Radio Shack
and one would want to stock a bunch of them - looking at those usage times.

The other thing is that I need to check out further
is the correlation between the scales and our charts and needs.

I think we could get these for about $100 each
as a group buy.
That would include delivery to the individual members.

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