KOHLER — The Blind Horse became the first restaurant in the United States to install light technology with the real-time sanitizing capabilities.
Throughout October, The Blind Horse has been installing 18 Healthe Space lights throughout the dining and bar areas. Healthe Space lights are ceiling-mounted lights that can be easily retrofitted into existing 6" housings that produce a combination of general illumination and Far-UVC 222 sanitizing light to clean air and surfaces.
According to one Columbia University study cited in the release, Far-UVC 222 nm light "can be safely used in occupied public spaces ... [and] it kills pathogens in the air before we can breathe them in."
“Of utmost importance to us is that we provide a safe environment so our guests and employees have the opportunity to feel a sense of normalcy and well being that has been shaken by COVID-19,” said Thomas Nye, General Manager and Master Winemaker of The Blind Horse in the release. "Real time mitigation of the virus has been our goal since this crisis began. The suite of safety protocols and technology that we are installing is extensive and unprecedented in our industry. Our customers have come to expect The Blind Horse to be a leader, and we are proud to be at the forefront in utilizing this technology in the restaurant and winery industry."
According to Healthe, higher wavelengths in the UV spectrum like UVA and UVB can be hazardous, but UVC222nm is safe for occupied spaces, but the 222 frequency is still strong enough to naturally kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses.
"I'm excited to see new technology being installed at The Blind Horse that can be a potential shining light to an industry that is suffering right now. It's impressive that The Blind Horse has invested in such ground breaking technology in Sheboygan County to help keep our citizens safe," said Dave Roettger, Health Inspector of Sheboygan County in the release.