Technology

LUMA 1.0

Luma 1.0 is a self-cleaning, stainless steel, portable hydration unit that emits UV-C light to eradicate 99.99% of microorganisms from the unit’s water contents and its interior surface. For context, the effectiveness in bacteria eradication from 60 seconds of UV-C exposure is the equivalent of boiling water for 20 minutes.

See here for independent lab studies conducted at Brigham Young University.

UV-C TECHNOLOGY

UV-C light is a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light (200-300 nanometers) that emits small doses of radiation in order to eradicate microorganisms. When exposed, energy emitted from the light is absorbed by the RNA and DNA of a cell, which causes damage to its nucleic acid, resulting in the disruption of its DNA. This disruption causes the neutralization of the microorganism, at which point it can no longer perform cellular functions, meaning it can not reproduce or cause infection.

CARBON FILTRATION

Luma Carbon is currently in development and will not be released until 2023.

Water filtration via carbon works through a method called absorption, where pollutants in the fluid are trapped inside the pore structure of a carbon substrate. Activated carbon is carbon that has been treated to have a much higher surface area compared to when non-treated, making it more effective in trapping pollutants. Each carbon filter has a micron rating that specifies the size of particles which the filter can remove from fluid. This micron rating determines which pollutants will be treated by the filter.

HEALTH SCIENCE

Hydrating with pure water is crucial for maintaining good health. The reality is that both bottled water and unfiltered tap water can have negative effects on your body. Tap water, when unfiltered, can contain numerous harmful pollutants, such as lead, chlorine, mercury, herbicides and pesticides, and in some areas, bacteria contamination. Bottled water, in general, offers a solution to this, generally containing water that’s free of pollutants commonly found in tap water, but poses other health concerns due to plastic-packaging. When exposed to heat or direct sunlight, chemical leaching can occur, causing toxic chemicals from the plastic to release into the bottle’s water contents.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to clean my unit?

Do I need to clean my unit?

The reason water bottles require frequent cleaning is due to the mold and bacteria build up that occurs within the unit, due to its dark and damp environment. If the UV-C light is being activated regularly (once per 48 hours), the unit will not require cleaning because bacteria will be eradicated at the point of
formation.

If liquids other than water are stored within the unit, cleaning is recommended.

How will I know when I need to charge my unit?

How will I know when I need to charge my unit?

When the unit is low on battery, it’s indicator light will flash a red ring in the beginning of a cleaning cycle.

How often do I need to charge and how long does it take?

How often do I need to charge and how long does it take?

Charging frequency is dependent on how frequently the UV-C light is activated.

For typical use (2-3 times per day), a full charge will last roughly 1 month.

How long does it take for a full cleaning cycle?

How long does it take for a full cleaning cycle?

A full cleaning cycle takes 60 seconds.

How do I buy the carbon filtration component?

How do I buy the carbon filtration component?

We are currently in beta with limited access to our standalone unit with UV-C light.

Carbon filtration will be made available for purchase later this year.

How long will my unit last me?

How long will my unit last me?

Under typical use, we expect units to have a lifespan of 4-5 years. All units have an included 30 month warranty.

Is UV-C light safe?

Is UV-C light safe?

Yes, UV-C light technology has been studied by researchers and has seen major adoption for commercial use due to its effectiveness. Users should avoid looking at the light when activated or making direct contact with the light.

Will UV-C disinfect any liquid?

Will UV-C disinfect any liquid?

In order for UV-C light to be effective, the light emitted must be able to pass through its medium. Liquids that are not transparent in color will block the UV rays from traveling through the substance, limiting its effectiveness.

Will UV-C light improve the taste of my water?

Will UV-C light improve the taste of my water?

UV-C sanitation will typically not have any effect on water taste, although by keeping the unit free of bacteria and mold build-up, it will prevent the unit from giving off a foul aroma, sometimes causing water to have a worsened taste.