01.08.2016
When you are making DIY printed circuit boards, one of the popular methods requires UV exposure. This instructable outlines the construction of a double sided UV exposure box using the recent generation of high brightness UV LEDs.
LEDs are far more energy efficient than either incandescent or fluorescent lamps offering between 5-10 times more efficiency making them cheaper to run and kinder to the environment.
Whoops, did not immediately notice that the LED banks were set back enough to limit unevenness.
Normal compact fluorescent tubes coupled with tracing paper do a very good job with exposing PCB traces. The resolution (reproduction from transparency to board) should actually be very good with UV LEDs since they generally have very narrow beam width. Most visible LEDs are slightly less efficient than fluorescents and UV LEDs are much less efficient than fluorescent blacklights. Black light fluroscents also emit shorter wavelengths mainly 360nm to 380nm which is better for exposing PCBs than the near violet light emitted by most UV LEDs.
LEDs do have the advantage of being more robust and if one of them breaks you can still use it.
The fact that fluroscents contain mercury is a non issue because the amount found in a small tube is below the safe daily exposure limit. Also, adding the insult onto injury, Blacklight fluorescent would just conk out after 2,000 Hours and is easily breakable.
The photo etching method needs 60 Watt radiated power at 10 cm target distance, also the wavelength must be 340nm (Near UV) with maximum wavelength 254nm, if you are going to use far UV light tube (190nm for example) the radiation will pass though the film (and though the plastic box) destroying all the photosensitive material, and causing cancer to you! A lot of you are just talking bollocks, I’ve made a UV exposure box using about 100 UV leds from ebay running off 12v, they are about 5 inches from my pcb. Simply print onto transparancy, flip the toner to the board and expose for 30 seconds – works like a charm.
And, another things to consider: Focal points, beam waist, divergence, and transparency of scanner glass (some of them use just plainly a fused Quartz glass for you to put paper on to be copied.
If vacuum UV was a problem then germicidal lamps would emit lots of ozone so will require lots of ventilation to prevent them being a health hazard but this isn’t the case.
The worst blacklight tube will have an efficiency of about 15%, the best will be closer to 30% efficient. I’ve never needed to use a fan on a fluorescent enclosure but overheating can be caused by using cheap magnetic ballasts and inadequate ventilation. The same is true for some power LEDs, especially the cheap Chinese variety commonly bought off ebay.
It is true LEDs though that last longer than fluorescent tubes but it’s important to note that both get dimmer over time. If you buy cheap LEDs they’ll be very inefficient and much less efficient than a blacklight fluorescent. You can buy a 2ft blacklight fluorescent tube for less than ?3 ($5 US) which will produce as much UV as many hundred UV LEDs. This may be an odd question but its 1AM in the morning and i’m too lazy to google it… what is that green glowing stuff that UV lights excite (in the pic, in the middle of the box)? If you are using an updated version of Internet Explorer please turn off compatibility view for this website.


Non-ionizing radiation is electromagnetic radiation that does not have sufficient energy to remove electrons from the outer shells of atoms. The primary health effect from high exposure levels of non-ionizing radiation arises from heat generation in body tissue. DWMRC has the responsibility and authority to control all sources of radiation, including non-ionizing sources.
Fluorescent blacklights are more efficient than visible fluorescent tubes and UV LEDs are much less efficient than visible LEDs. But if you’re going to use sterilization tube, you’re going to waste several watts here! That’s just bad luck, a typical fluorescent with a properly rated ballast should last for 5000 hours, some last for over 10,000 hours. Types of non-ionizing radiation are: ultraviolet (UV), visible light, infrared (IR), microwave, radio (and television), and extremely low frequency (ELF, sometimes referred to as EMF or ELF-EMF). Worldwide, scientists have conducted years of research looking for other potential health effects and many of these efforts are ongoing. The Utah Radiation Control Board may adopt rules to control these sources if they constitute a significant health hazard. Djhamer has provided plans to make a UV LED system that is double sided so that you can expose double sided PDBs without having to flip and repeat half way through the process. It can also be used to make other things such as intricate photo etched parts (a subject for another instructable). LEDs have a far greater life span than the other types of lamp measured in decades rather than months. While my technique is more or less stable, I sometimes have trouble with toner sticking to tracing paper: there are microscopic gaps, or even smearing. Because, there are way too much free-path collision against lots of molecules in the air while trying to get Extreme UV onto your board, thus attenuate the useful flux of Uv emission. There might be more efficient LED prototypes in the LAB but they’re certainty not ready for the mainstream. I have just bought an Ledengin LZ1-00UA00 Star LED from Farnell here in UK, about ?20, intending to build a light box. Non-ionizing radiation is produced by a wide variety of products in the home and in the workplace, from lasers to power lines, tanning beds to household appliances, cellular phones to ham radios.
In spite of this, we know less about non-ionizing radiation than we do about ionizing radiation.
Currently, the Board has not written rules to control or limit exposure to the various types of non-ionizing radiation.
The trouble is they can be a little pricey for the hobby enthusiast especially if you want the double side type. The frequencies being emitted are also in a tighter band making UV LEDs safer than the traditional UV tubes.
Since the transparency is put back-to-back with the resist, lighting angle is not really an issue. Also, it simply get so hot, to some point it would require fan cooling, if left on way too long. Most of the health effects that have been observed occur at much higher levels than those to which most people are exposed.


However, because of recent public concerns regarding potential health effects from ELF-EMF, the Board directed Division Staff to review available research to see if additional controls were warranted. I suspect that I just have a crappy printer, but who knows, what if there’s some trick to better toner adhesion.
The Board concluded that existing scientific evidence is not sufficient to warrant legislation or regulation at this time. If I try it out on the bench before making the box, is the reflected light dangerous, and will the goggles make it safe?
DWMRC will continue to monitor this area for evidence indicating additional regulations are needed.
Will there be any problems doing this with UV, like the glass not being transparent, or the ink not opaque? At very low flows (under 8-12 gph per watt) a UV Sterilizer can more directly aid in parasite control of parasites in the water column.Unfortunately many UV Sterilizers do not adequately improve Redox balance by lowering oxidizers in the water column that can be dangerous to fish over time.
This is due to insufficient 254nm UVC exposure inside the unit from poorly designed units along with incorrect flow time and use of poor UVC generating medium pressure UV bulbs that most lower cost UVs now use.The picture above provides a visual of how a TRUE UV-C Sterilizer breaks down oxidizers, which are negatively charged ions (anions) in the water column.
Click on the picture to the left to enlargeHow should I determine what my flow rate should be?Your flow rate is dependent on the level of sterilization you desire from your tank.
The slower the water moves across a UV bulb that is intended primarily for UVC production; the more time UV-C is in contact with the water.
This goes hand in hand with a turnover rate.What is a turnover rate?Your turnover rate is the rate at which all your aquarium water is filtered in an hour.
The end result is a UV or replacement lamp that is good for clarification at best and even then not very good at this either. Thank you in advance for your reply Mark Reply ↓ admin Post authorNovember 6, 2015 I am sure there is a point you could over sterilizer, but the expert I consulted has never seen it done Reply ↓ Russell gieber January 2, 2016 I have a 60 gallon tank what size of uv sterilizer would u recommend ? Corals and glass will be noticeably cleaner.Cut back on feedingStore new water for at least 1 week in darkened containerOr use UV Steriliser. The pipe work and filters were also a problem as the spores of the algae were resident in these areas.Once each week I would climb into the aquarium in a light wet suit, breathing air from a mini aqualung and from a long hose and diving regulator I would spend up to half an hour underwater cleaning the inner part of the aquarium and viewing glass. The algae I cleaned off compounded the problem, as the filters would take it in.I was to the point of shutting down the marine aquarium.
Then one day I was out in my boat doing environmental monitoring of the ocean sea grass beds with a group of marine biologists.I mentioned about the problem I had been having with the red algae, and told him it had not been possible to eradicate. Also do not feed the fish for a period of one week starting from the time you use the ERYTHROMYCIN TABLET.Anyway I got a packet of tablets from the Vets. The aquarium rocks, coral and glass had quite a bit of the algae covering it looking like red velvet.Anyway the next morning when I arose I looked towards the aquarium. Readers will note that we will reference often very long, in depth, and scientifically accurate web content from where we simplify the content.



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