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UV Sensor Case

Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:48 am

I'm attempting to add on a UV sensor - not a problem - the problem that I am coming across is what to put the sensor IN so that it is weatherproof? All of the more professional UV sensors are encased in a certain type of plastic with what appears to be some sort of tinted plastic/lens. Does anyone have specifics on this? Has anyone successfully replicated one on their own?


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Re: UV Sensor Case

Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:40 am

Acrylic is transparent to most wavlengths.
Polycarb blocks uv.
I want to try the microscope slide cover glass, it is very thin.
Not sure if it blocks or not
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Re: UV Sensor Case

Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:00 am

Why not ask the very nice folks at Seeed Studio. They may be interested in building a Grove sensor for you.
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Re: UV Sensor Case

Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:07 pm


For building my UV sensor I bought a circular piece of quartz glass (it's used as window in some high temperature furnace for baking clay or so - don't really know how those "ovens" ;) are called ), but I know, the quartz glass don't block UV and IR very much so it's ideal for sensor that measure UV .

I've got 2 ideas for now, picture tell more than I could write :D :
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I'm more for v1 because if rain, the water will flow from the glass, and leave a little of residues, unlike in v2 when rain water vapor there will be much more leftovers, and I would have to wipe it more frequently...

As for silicone, I don't need to mention to use UV-resistant one :)

Gavinmc42 Acrylic - you mean PMMA/plexiglass, right?
PMMA is not very good for UV, it actually block it (below 300nm according to wiki), that's why in those big sandwich toasters :P where you can get tan, the fluorescent tubes and glass panels are made from quartz glass.

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Re: UV Sensor Case

Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:28 pm

Please have a look here: viewtopic.php?t=151317#p1032695

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