Bili Blue lamps are specially designed to be used in the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia, which is responsible for jaundice in newborn infants. Bili Blue light phototherapy decreases the bilirubin concentration. This phototherapeutic treatment was first reported in 1958.
Hyperbilirubinemia is caused by high concentrations of bilirubin, a byproduct of the decomposition of red blood cells. High concentrations of bilirubin can also lead to brain damage.
Bili-Blue lamps utilize a single component lamp phosphor that produces highly saturated blue light energy between 400 and 500 nanometers that is used for phototherapy. We have evaluated all phosphors of this type available to us from manufacturers around the world. We believe that we have sourced the highest quality phosphor available in the world today. Bili Blue lamps produce no energy in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum. Bili Blue lamps are one of the best out there, producing a blue light spectrum that is equivalent to competitor lamps, and an energy level that is equivalent to or exceeding competitor lamps.
Bili Blue lamps produce extremely saturated blue light energy. Some individuals who view infants under this blue light for extended periods may experience slight nausea. There are two remedies that are effective in reducing individual complaints of nausea:
- Replace one of the Bili-Blue lamps in the canopy with a Gold Lamp, which we at Interlectric also offer. This will dilute the saturation of the blue light.
- Fasten amber or yellow tinted plastic curtains to the treatment hood such that the infant being treated is viewed through the tinted curtain.