Illumisoft's upper room GUV recognized for technical innovation

Sept. 1, 2021
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Committee recognizes SaniLume as a “unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting.”

OTTAWA — Illumisoft’s SaniLume UVC light fixture has been honored by an international technical society as an innovative and significant addition to the commercial lighting industry. The SaniLume upper room GUV fixture was selected to be part of the 2021 Progress Report published by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). SaniLume fixtures neutralize airborne pathogens as they pass through a germicidal UV (GUV) treatment field safely above occupants’ heads.

The IES Progress Committee recognizes Illumisoft’s SaniLume disinfecting technology “as a unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting.”

For classrooms, public buildings and offices, upper room GUV represents another tool to help fight airborne illnesses like COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. The SaniLume technology is easy to install and does not require changes to ventilation systems. It provides quiet, continuous, effective sanitization of air circulating in occupied indoor spaces. 

“We are very pleased with this recognition from IES. It validates our efforts to make upper room GUV – a proven healthcare technology – accessible to businesses, schools and government agencies scrambling for solutions to a new threat,” says Brett Nicholds, CEO, Illumisoft Lighting. 

“Our upper room GUV has the highest UVC output in the industry, making it more effective at neutralizing pathogens,” says Leslie Howe, founder and chief technology officer for Illumisoft Lighting. “It offers adjustable apertures, allowing the UVC output to be directed for maximum effectiveness.” 

The IES Progress Committee reviews developments in lighting engineering and accepts those developments considered a substantial advancement to what currently exists in the field. In addition, all products accepted for the Progress Report undergo an impartial judging process. 

Illumisoft’s SaniLume fixtures provided an easy-to-install, effective solution that is suitable for long-term care facilities, retirement homes, schools, daycares, offices, and workplaces. They were developed by Illumisoft, an Ottawa-area manufacturer, in response to the safety concerns expressed by those responsible for schools, offices and public buildings during the pandemic and now, as we all look to re-open safely. 

One SaniLume device can disinfect the air in a 20 ft. x 20 ft. area roughly every 2 minutes, and multiple units can be used to treat larger spaces.  

SaniLume units provide:

  • Continuous air disinfection: equivalent to >30 air changes per hour (ACH)*
  • Simple installation: Hang from the ceiling like a pendant light
  • Enhanced safety: UVC light has been used for decades in healthcare settings

Illumisoft hopes to see more organizations embracing new technologies, such as SaniLume upper room GUV, to help protect staff, customers, and visitors from airborne pathogens today and in the future.

To learn more about SaniLume visit        Illumisoft Lighting is one of Canada’s fastest growing, most innovative manufacturers of commercial lighting and upper room GUV solutions. We offer visionary, ground-breaking solutions that provide up to 80% greater efficiencies over the standard LED alternatives, and the most effective, easiest to install GUV solution on the market. To learn more, visit

400 sq. ft. room size; 9.8 ft ceiling, Sanilume aperture set for 3.92W UVC output

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