Lumin CPAP & Personal Sanitizer Review

July 20, 2018

Lumin CPAP & Personal Sanitizer Review

Today we will be reviewing the Lumin™ sanitizer, providing our pros and cons of this unit from our own experiences, including feedback from our clients across the North America.  

Earlier this year, we started carrying a relatively new sanitizing device called the Lumin™ (made by 3B Medical) as an alternative to the very popular SoClean 2 CPAP sanitizing device. The Lumin™ is a sanitizer for household everyday things like toothbrushes, baby bottles, smartphones, dentures etc... but is also marketed as a CPAP equipment sanitizer.   

According to the manufacturer, the Lumin is a waterless sanitizer that operates by emitting a high energy light within a narrow spectrum referred to as UV-C.  They claim this UV light will disinfect up to 99% of detrimental bacteria, pathogens and fungi that can cause infection and illness on items placed inside the chamber. 

Simply place household items you wish to sanitize into the chamber, close it and press start and the special UV bulb does all the dirty work.  The manufacturer describes this method as the safest disinfection option on the market. 

Here's what we think.

The pros of the Lumin™:

  • It's a quick 5-minute cycle to kill most bacteria and mold on a surface. It takes the same amount of time to brush your teeth in the morning so you can easily sanitize items while you get ready. 
  • Minimal set-up. It took a couple of minutes from taking it out of the box to our very first sanitizing cycle. The instructions are easy to follow and self explanatory. 
  • This device is versatile. Sanitize almost anything you have around the house - sunglasses, headphones, baby bottles, cell phones etc. 
  • The Lumin™ is competitively priced compared to the SoClean 2.  Besides the bulb, there are no replacement parts, such as filters and adapters.
  • There is no odor associated with the usage of the Lumin™. 

The cons of the Lumin™:

  • Cleaning is limited: The Lumin cannot disinfect inside of your CPAP machine because the UV light cannot reach the inside.  You can use the Lumin™ to sanitize your mask, standard hose and water chamber.
  • The drawer opening to the chamber is not very big. There are limits to what you can and cannot fit into the chamber. 
  • We found that, if you're not careful, you can scratch yourself or your stuff on the drawer's metallic lining.   As long as you're not rushing, this shouldn't be an issue.

Verdict: Overall; we think the Lumin™ is a good product. 

Is the Lumin™ right for you?

Well, that depends.

In our opinion, if you have little children or elderly family members who are susceptible to getting sick, it is a handy device to have in the house to keep bacteria at bay.  The Lumin™ will help keep you healthy, and keep your mask from smelling like an old running shoe.  But if you're looking to disinfect your CPAP machine inside and out -- motor and all -- you might want to consider an alternative like the SoClean 2.   





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