Thursday, February 12, 2009

Light Sabre Going Back

I mentioned a few days ago that I purchased a device from Costco that uses ultraviolet light to kill germs and microscopic vermin. It sounded like a great idea.

After using it, though, I think I will return it.

I don't really know if it works (how can you really tell unless you are a mad scientist with a microscope at home) but I don't think I have the patience to use it properly. I was under the impression that you just wave it over a surface and like a giant light sabre, it destroys the harmful organisms as the light sweeps across the area.

Not quite so. In order to be effective, you have to hold it over each area for about 15-20 seconds, slowly moving it from patch to patch. For example, it says in the manual that a 24" x 36" area takes about 3 minutes.

Here's a picture of it so you can see what it looks like out of the box. First the top:


Then the underside from where the light emanates.


There is also a travel-size wand (sabre?) in the box still that I didn't take out but what I thought was funny was that everything sits in a plastic shelf in the box that is only about 1/4 - 1/3 of the height of the box; the remainder of it is a cardboard stuffer to fill up the empty space. This is supposed to be a "green" product because it uses light but look how much cardboard they use!

Anyway, if it didn't take so long to use the product I would keep it but I have a feeling it's not going to be used as often as it should. Now if only it was more Star Wars-like - just wave and the germs be gone..

I would hold it over myself to get rid of this cold but it says you are not supposed to expose your skin to it for any extended period of time.

Happy real Lincoln's birthday, by the way!




1 comment:

kmiyake said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5gvsMzgprA