Modern Forms Launches ULTRA Germicidal Smart Fan

The fan system incorporates UV-C technology for disinfection.

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While the practice for using germicidal UV fixtures to disinfect air has been well established in hospitals for over 70 years, ULTRA Germicidal* Smart Fan by Modern Forms now helps you create a safer sanctuary for residential, hospitality and commercial settings. “We didn’t intend to enter the established ceiling fan market. Our friends in the industry told us it was futile for us to even try, but here we are. We realized that we could use technology to stir things up,” says Dirk Wald, Co-CEO of Modern Forms and WAC, “And this is just the tip of the iceberg.”  

ULTRA uses a patent pending system, which combines a powerful germicidal* Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) LED module that irradiates the air, with an efficient ceiling fan that circulates the air from the occupied spaces to the unoccupied upper reaches of an area.  This combination can help substantially reduce the concentration of viral pathogens, including the SARS COV-2 virus, in the air of the room where it is installed and operated.**  

An independent CAP (College of American Pathologists) and CLIA  (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited lab, Innovative Bioanalysis, has tested the efficacy of the ULTRA, which uses patent-pending technology that incorporates scientifically proven UV-C technology to reduce airborne pathogens in your space.  The lab tests showed a 99.99% reduction of collectable active pathogen in the air and that the active SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable in the breathable air after just 30 minutes of operation of the ULTRA in the room! **   

For the last 18 months, many businesses have installed in-duct UV-C radiation units in their HVAC systems.  While these measures help to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens from one room to another, according to the IES Photobiology Committee, “[they] unfortunately [do] relatively little to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission when both an infectious source and other susceptible persons share the same air.”[1] 

It is generally known that natural ventilation outdoors and in homes is effective at reducing the risk of person-to-person transmission of certain airborne pathogens when there is enough exchange between clean air and shared air.  To help reduce risk indoors, the ULTRA Germicidal* Smart Fan produces 5172 cubic feet per minute (CFMs) of airflow on High and also irradiates a large area above the ceiling fan with a UV-C LED module, which operates at a wavelength range (peak wavelength of 275 nanometers) known to reduce active pathogens in the air.  Combined, it can move a tremendous volume of air in an occupied space up towards the actively irradiated space above the fan, where the air is exposed to the UV-C radiation, and then back down to occupied space to help reduce the risk of airborne transmission of pathogens in an enclosed space.** 

As opposed to huge, unsightly air-cleaners, ULTRA is a designer ceiling fan, available in the 54-inch size with three finishes: brushed nickel housing with matte black blades, matte black housing and matching blades, and matte white housing with matching blades to accommodate many interiors. The fan is crafted with stainless steel hardware and ABS blades giving it a damp location rating that allows it to be used in covered outdoor spaces too.  ULTRA  includes a Bluetooth hand-held remote which controls the six speeds of the fan and the direction of the air, upward or downward. As efficiency goes, this Energy Star rated ceiling fan utilizes a powerful DC motor that keeps things running smooth, quiet and 70% more efficient than traditional AC fans and offers the ultimate user experience in controlling the timing and duration of operation. For unprecedented control, connect with the Modern Forms app via Wi-Fi from anywhere in the world to operate ULTRA, create schedules, or integrate with building management systems and smart home devices.  

ULTRA integrates seamlessly with leading smart home devices you may already own, including Google Assistant, Control4, Josh.AI, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings, as well as smart thermostats such as ecobee, using voice command and advances in automation. Enable any of these devices to turn your fan on and off, change speeds and reverse the rotation of the blades.

*Reduces the SARS COV-2 viruses and other airborne pathogens.  

**Based on tests conducted by an independent CAP and CLIA accredited lab, Innovative Bioanalysis. The report is available at The effectiveness of the ULTRA will vary based upon application and surroundings, including but not limited to room dimensions and air flow. 

[1] IES Committee Report: Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) – Frequently Asked Questions, IES CR-2-20-V1, 4.15.2020.