FAQ

How does LightWorker work?


Your yoga mat is passes through LightWorker’s high-intensity UV-C light chamber, exposing both sides to a short blast of concentrated germicidal light that deactivates microorganisms by destroying their DNA.




How do I use the LightWorker?


1. Simply place your loosely rolled mat onto the feed bar, so it unrolls toward the back. 2. Scan the QR Code or open the PayRange app and swipe up. 3. Feed your mat down into the machine, and release when the rollers engage. 4. Roll up your mat as it exits the bottom of the machine.




How do I know that LightWorker really works?


The LightWorker UV-C dosage delivered to a yoga mat is well above 10 mJ/cm2, and more likely in a range of 15-25 mJ/cm2. Research has proven that UV-C dosages in this range deactivate a host of dangerous organisms. For a full list check out: https://ultraviolet.com/microorganisms-deactivated/ For more information on UV-C and Covid, please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7273323/ The LightWorker is a newly designed version of the "Matsana" machine, which has been on the market for over 10 years... Applied Microbiological Services (AMSLabs.com), evaluated the effectiveness of the Matsana Ultra-Violet Yoga Mat Sanitizer. Using a Matsana machine, AMS conducted bacterial challenge testing on Staphylococcus Aureus and E. coli bacteria and concluded that our UV Yoga Mat Sanitizer deactivated greater than 99.9% of both organisms on one pass through the machine. E. coli was chosen as one of the challenge bacteria because it has a higher tolerance to UV light than the average bacteria or virus in a list compiled by Philips Lighting, manufacturers of UV-C lamps. In spite of E. coli’s resistance to UV, it was no match for Matsana. The relative ease that Matsana demonstrated in killing E. coli also demonstrates the machine’s ability to annihilate a broad range of other microorganisms. The full AMS report is available upon request.




Does the UV-C light from LightWorker damage my mat?


No. In passing a mat through LightWorker. the total exposure to the mat is about a second. If you used LightWorker every day of the year, your mat would receive an annual total exposure of a little more than 7 minutes. Matsana (the orginal machine that pre-dated the LightWorker) conducted accelerated 10 year daily exposure testing on several brands of mats, including Manduka, Tapas, Lulu Lemon and generic varieties. None of them showed any change in flexibility, elasticity, color, cushioning or surface texture/appearance.




Will I get any harmful radiation from LightWorker?


No. LightWorker’s radiant energy is contained within the machine, and the UVC bulbs are only on for about 30 seconds, as the mat is being passed through the machine. UVC radiation CAN cause severe burns (of the skin) with prolonged exposure, and eye injuries (photokeratitis) could result from looking directly at the source. As always with UVC light, avoid direct skin exposure to UVC radiation and never look directly into a UVC light source, even briefly.




Does LightWorker produce ozone?


No. The UV-C lamps in LightWorker operate at a different frequency than ozone producing lamps.




Is the LightWorker light harmful to me?


No. The radiant energy that does the work in LightWorker is contained, out of sight, in the light chamber of the machine. The thin line of visible light when one looks directly down at the top of the machine (Don’t!) is reflected light and is extremely low energy. Measured on a radiometer, the light energy from the thin line registers about the same as indirect daylight lighting coming from windows.




Will LightWorker kill mat-odor?


Yes. Mat odors are caused by pungent smelling, sulphur compounds in the waste excreted by bacteria. When you rid the mat of the bacteria excreting the waste, you also get rid of the smell. Germicidal UV-C light requires line-of-sight to be effective, so if your mat has not been cleaned for some time, it is possible for target organisms to be shielded by layers of crud. For LightWorker to be most effective in maintaining your mat in a fresh condition, it may be necessary to first give a good cleaning to heavily soiled or neglected mats.




Do UV-C wands do the same thing as LightWorker?


No. UV-C wands, by design, are to be used by untrained consumers in uncontrolled environments, and, for safety, the power of the lamps is severely limited. Waving around an underpowered hand-held device is no match for the controlled process and sheer power of LightWorker. Your mat passes through LightWorker’s enclosed, high-intensity, UV-C light chamber at a regulated rate of exposure and ensures that every square inch of your mat, on both sides, receives a powerful and effective dose of germicidal UV-C light.




Does LightWorker leave anything on my mat?


No. Unlike sprays, wipes, or oils, that sometimes use toxic chemicals, bleach or other active liquids, LightWorker is a dry process and leaves no residue. And unlike some mats with undisclosed, embedded germicidal agents, you may place your face on your LightWorker sanitized mat with absolute confidence and peace of mind.




How Green is LightWorker?


Very. LightWorker is made in the US, primarily from aluminum, the most plentiful metal in the earth’s crust. Aluminum is also very easy to recycle and commands high prices from aluminum producers, ensuring that little, if any, finds its way to landfills. The feed bar is made from metal, again, sought after and easily recycled. The lamps are recycled by the same facilities that recycle fluorescent lamps. LightWorker is designed and built for the long haul and once delivered to a studio, ends the cycle of diesel-powered, greenhouse gas-producing, shipping and restocking of heavy, liquid, mat cleaning agents. It also helps to halt the endless production and disposal of plastic bottles for those liquids and the disposable wipes and their packaging that end up in landfills. And in spite of LightWorker’s powerful UV-C lamp array, it uses very little of electricity.




What if the LightWorker machine won’t process my mat?


First, we apologize for the inconvenience and, in a brief description, please tell us what happened. We are constantly trying to improve LightWorker and your suggestion could be the next new feature!