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UV-C disinfection, primarily from 254 nm low-pressure mercury lamps (also referred to as Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation UVGI), is an effective technique for the disinfection of air and surfaces. For example, it is being increasingly used in healthcare facilities to combat Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI’s). UV-C lamps in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems can prevent the transmission of airborne pathogens such as tuberculosis bacteria and influenza viruses. Portable UV-C lamp systems are used in the process of decontaminating patient rooms or surgical suites.

To ensure the germicidal effect is maintained, particularly with respect to lamp ageing, the UV dose must be checked. This is achieved by measuring the UV irradiance at the location of exposure using a suitably qualified UV radiometer. 


Product description

 The X1-1-UV-3718 UV radiometer supersedes the X9-11 UV radiometer which has been the UV radiometer recommended by international organizations and institutes for many years when using germicidal UV-C radiation as a preventive measure against the nosocomial transmission of tuberculosis.


UV-3718 Irradiance Detector for UV-C low pressure mercury-vapor lamps

The model UV-3718 offers all properties and characteristics of the UV-37 Series detectors. They were specially developed for radiometric measurement tasks in the UV spectral range and have proven themselves over many years in industrial and scientific use.

The UV-3718 detector contains a photodiode with an optical band-pass filter, which is only sensitive in the effective spectral range of germicidal UV-C low-pressure mercury-vapor lamps.

To measure the irradiance, the input optic of the detector is a diffuser with a cosine field of view, which must be positioned in the desired measurement plane. The diffuser, the optical correction filter and the photodiode are pre-aged with UV radiation to significantly reduce the inevitable aging process resulting from exposure to UV radiation. The UV-3718 detector therefore shows very little aging effects even when used intensively. Changes are recorded and corrected as part of the recommended annual recalibration.

The photodiode of the UV-3718 detector offers a strictly linear relationship between the measurement signal and the irradiance in the range from a few pico-amps (10-12 A) to several micro-amps (10-6 A). When connected to the Gigahertz-Optik X1, it offers a linear measuring range of up to at least 2500 mW / cm² with a resolution of 0.001 µW / cm².



Reliable measurements in absolute units require the calibration of a measuring device with traceability to the standards of a  National Metrology Institute, NMI. The Gigahertz-Optik measuring laboratory has been accredited since 1993 by the PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) and the DAkkS as a calibration laboratory for measuring spectral sensitivity and spectral irradiance. Since then, all factory calibrations have been closely based on the calibration standards and quality management of the accredited calibration laboratory. The factory calibrations from Gigahertz-Optik therefore offer maximum traceability and have been recognized worldwide for many years.

According to the requirements of individual industrial, research and healthcare sectors, part of the measuring laboratory is accredited by the DAkkS as a test laboratory according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025. For this reason, in addition to the factory certificate, Gigahertz-Optik can optionally offer a DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025 test certificate for the UV radiometer X1-1 with UV-3718.

Each UV-3718 detector is individually calibrated for its spectral irradiance responsivity at 254 nm.


Optometer X1

The measuring device X1 evaluates the signal from the UV-3718 detector and displays the measured irradiance in absolute units (mW / cm²). The high-quality signal amplifier of the meter supports the very large dynamic range of the detector and thus offers a measuring range of up to > 2500 mW / cm² with a resolution of 0.001 µW / cm². In addition to the irradiance, the dose can also be displayed in mJ / cm². The meter has a peak hold display function. The ergonomic housing of the device with its two AA batteries supports mobile use. Alternatively, the measuring device can be operated via its USB interface with the available application software for PCs. A software development kit (SDK) enables the meter to be integrated into user-defined software.


Mobile UV radiometer with separate measuring device and detector for measuring the irradiance and dose of germicidal mercury lamps.

Short description

UV radiometer for UV-C low-pressure Hg germicidal lamps

Main features

Mobile measuring device with separate detector. Easy to use. Large measuring range for high radiation intensities for disinfection efficacy of Hg lamps and low radiation levels for the evaluation of UV hazard.

Measurement ranges

For 254 nm  low pressure Hg lamps.
Linear measuring range up to 2500 mW / cm² with instrument X1. N.E.I. 0.005 µW / cm². Resolution 0.001 µW / cm²

typical applications

UVGI for disinfection of air and surfaces


Calibration of the absolute responsivity at 254 nm and the relative spectral responsivity.

Measurement Head
Broadband detector

UV-3718 UV detector for low-pressure Hg germicidal lamps.

UV-3718 data sheet


X1-1-V03 Handheld meter for display of irradiance mW / cm2 and dose J / cm2 with peak-hold function.

X1-1 data sheet

Type Description File-Type Download
Datasheet X1-1-UV-3718 PDF
Drawing UV-3718 PDF
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15312114 UV-3718-5

Detector with -5 type connector. Calibration with factory calibration certificate.

15312065 X1-5

Instrument for use with UV-3718-5, 2 x 1.5 V AA batteries, USB cable, manual.

15297129 UV-3718-4

Detector with -4 type connector. Calibration with factory calibration certificate.

15311738 X1-1-V03

Instrument for use with UV-3718-4, 2 x 1.5 V AA batteries, USB cable, manual

15297539 BHO-11

Hardcase for X1 instrument and  UV-3718 detector connected to the meter.

15311972 KP-UV3718X1-E-I

Option: DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 Test Certificate (DAkkS).

15300669 K-UV3718-S

Re-calibration of irradiance responsivity in A/(W/m²) and A/(W/cm²) at 254nm with calibration certificate.

15300671 K-X11-C

Current calibration and adjustment of Gigahertz-Optik´s optometer X1-1 by use of a calibrated current source. Calibration certificate.

15311971 KKP-UV3718X1-E-I

DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 Test Certificate (DAkkS). Includes factory calibration.

15298071 S-X1

User software for  X1 Optometer.

15298071 S-SDK-X20

Software development kit for software implementation of the X20 electronic into custom made software. Support X1-1, X1-2, X1-PCB.

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