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UVB-1/UVA-1 Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Legend:All Products
Product Class (UV Radiation)
This Product (UVB-1/UVA-1)

1. General

  1. What kind of optical interference filters do the MFR, UVMFR, and SPUV use?
  2. Why is data from a narrowband UV radiometer more useful than that from a broadband pyranometer?
  3. Can I run YES instruments from batteries alone for portable operation?
  4. Why do we have to measure UV radiation? Why can't we just model it?
  5. Why should we choose a UVB-1 over a competitve product such as a Solar Light 501?
  6. What do I need to know before selecting an radiometer for outdoor use?
  7. Can I run systems in remote areas without AC power via solar panels?
  8. The internal operating temperature of the UVB, MFR, UVMFR, SPUV, RSS is about 45 C. Why is this?

2. Setup

  1. I do not have a UVPS-1 power supply or a YESDAS-2 data logger. How do I hook up a UVB-1 pyranometer to my existing data logger and DC dual output power supply?

3. Operational

  1. I am interested in the DNA damage action spectrum of UV-B and not the erythemal action spectrum. Can I use a correction factor with the UVB-1 instrument's output to calculate irradiance using this action spectrum?
  2. Owners of UV-B networks would like to know what instrumentation is required for making routine calibrations of the Model UVB-1.
  3. Can the instrument monitor water?
  4. I want to set up a UVB-1, MFR, UVMFR, or SPUV site and only download data every few days on my YESDAS-2. Is unattended operation doable? What about the TSI and RSS?
  5. We also own your UVB-1 pyranometer. Could you explain any benefits of obtaining the TSI working in conjunction with it.
  6. Can a UVB-1/UVA-1 be used underwater?
  7. What is the ambient temperature operating range of the radiometers (UVB-1, MFR/UVMFR and SPUV? Will they work in the arctic?

4. Instrument Selection

  1. What are the differences between UV-A, UV-B and UV-C radiation?
  2. Can you compare the UVB-1 instrument with the Blue Wave BW-100 radiometer from Vital Technologies Corp. or other broadband UV radiometers?
  3. What is the difference between the UVA-1 and UVB-1 pyranometers?
  4. Can the UVB-1 or UVA-1 pyranometer be used with other data loggers besides YESDAS-2?
  5. Does operating two pyranometers such as the UVB-1 and UVA-1 require two separate UVPS-1 power supplies?
  6. How stable are your instrument calibrations?



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