A light in the dark


    May 27, 2020


    There are three crucial ways that light is contributing to the fight against COVID-19

    In these difficult times, it’s crucial that we all do what we can, as individuals and organizations, to meet the challenges of this pandemic head-on. At Signify, we’re marshaling our expertise in lighting to combat the virus – and it’s not just the visual property of light that’s making a difference right now.

    Here are three key ways lighting is making a positive contribution to efforts to contain the spread and help us as a society move back towards normalcy.


    Disinfection through light

    We have increased production of our UV-C lamps which we supply to a variety of OEMs. The 254 nm peak of our UV-C lamps has proven  highly effective in breaking down the DNA  and RNA of bacteria, viruses and molds, rendering them inactive and  harmless.

     The Signify Foundation has procured and donated UV-C systems from OEMs to help with the disinfection of wards and rooms where COVID-19 infected patients are treated. These include mobile carts that are used for surface disinfection and air disinfection systems.

    Going forward, there is a huge role for UV-C to assist in disinfecting public transportation, offices, industrial, public, and retail buildings, readying facilities for when activities resume and helping to keep people safe.

    We’ve donated systems that disinfect the air where COVID-19 infected patients are treated"

    The Signify Foundation has donated UV-C systems to hospitals in China, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Spain and Turkey, with more countries to follow. One of the first medical facilities to receive a gift of UV-C technology was the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China – the hospital renowned for being built in just 10 days.
    The Foundation is also donating UV-C germicidal chambers, originally designed for biosecurity in the agribusiness. Objects such as wallets, laptops and phones can be placed inside the chamber. After five minutes of exposure to UV-C radiation, the items inside are disinfected . This will prove invaluable to front-line staff.
    Bioshift chamber

    Sharing the power of light

    There’s also an urgent need for everyday functional lighting. We donated nearly 1,200 lamps and luminaires to a specialist hospital in Piła, Poland and around 1,000 luminaires to field hospitals in Valencia and Madrid, Spain. Lighting was also provided to a mobile hospital in Argentina. The hospital can be moved to any part of the country to help fight the virus.

    Elsewhere, the Signify Foundation has switched the emphasis of its solar-powered lighting projects to prioritize medical facilities. In Uganda, 20 health centers have been early beneficiaries.


    Ensuring safety and preserving livelihoods

    Across the world, the current crisis is posing huge economic, business and social challenges. The overriding priority for responsible companies is to protect the safety of their employees and families.

    A closely related priority is to support businesses in order to protect employment. To this end, Signify is undertaking some temporary measures to protect .

    These include the withdrawal of a proposed dividend to our shareholders; a 20% reduction in the salaries of our Leadership Team and Supervisory Board in the second quarter; and a 20% voluntary reduction in the working hours and pay for employees during the same period.

    This pandemic is testing for all of us, as it challenges many of our accepted ways of life, strains our supply chain and medical infrastructure, and not least – poses grave health risks. The key to resilience is all of us, as individuals and institutions, doing everything in our power, to guide us through.

    About the author:

    Neil Pattie

    Neil Pattie

    Head of Content, Signify


    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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