Distinguishing antimicrobial from antibacterial

Distinguishing antimicrobial from antibacterial

One of the most common questions we often get asked here at COCO Lighting in regard to our new Bio-Luminaire range is @What is the difference between ‘Antibacterial’ and ‘Antimicrobial’? Below we have given a brief explanation of the differences between the two types along with the benefits they offer.

• What do they mean?

• What are the differences?

• What levels of protection they provide?

Antibacterial is more commonly known than antimicrobial, possibly due to us seeing it on so many soap dispensers that we all use in our everyday life. Products and solutions that contain antibacterial properties are effective in killing bacteria including E.coli and MRSA. 

Antimicrobial is used to describe substances that demonstrate effectiveness against different kinds of microbes, not just bacteria. This means that the antimicrobial technology contained in our Bio-Luminaire range has additional benefits to an antibacterial because it offers the same levels of protection, but with the added performance against other types of microbes such as mould and even some viruses. Our Bio-W – Wall-mounted antimicrobial luminaire 

Whether you are installing our Bio-Luminaire on walls or ceilings, it will naturally help you benefit towards reducing the levels of surface bacteria upon the luminaire 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

By inhibiting the growth of various microbes, this provides confidence that you are working towards a cleaner and more hygienic environment than if you were to only rely on a non-antibacterial luminaire solution.

Here at COCO Lighting, we use BioCote silver-ion technology which helps us in providing a more hygienic lighting solution. Our products have been proven to reduce up to 99% of microbes when tested. The BioCote® technology in our Bio-Luminaire range has been shown to reduce microbes by up to 80% in 15 minutes, and over 99% within just two hours. Certification here

    Defence against viruses

BioCote® Antimicrobial technology is proven to deactivate the H1N1 influenza virus and feline coronavirus.

    Reduced cross-contamination

A cleaner product means fewer microbes to transfer, ultimately reducing cross-contamination.

    No Mould

Unpleasant mould such as Aspergillus niger are inhibited upon the surface of the luminaire.

    Increased product lifespan

Lasting surface protection against microbial colonisation also reduces material degradation, ultimately extending the lifetime of the product.

    Easier to keep hygienically clean

Bio-Luminaire is working 7 days a week 24 hours a day reduce bacteria upon the surface whether turned on or off.

When deciding to invest in a more hygienic and reliable lighting solution for your premises, understanding how an antimicrobial solution works better than an antibacterial solution is of key importance. With the hygiene in common areas being of the utmost importance more than ever, adopting the right form of protection will help to keep those environments clean.

For more information, our Bio-Luminaire range or how we can help you against the fight of bacteria please contact us or call on +44 (0)1376 331515