Meet Don and Alma
I’m Don Newsome, President of UV SYSTEMS, Inc. and founder of the internationally recognized Fluorescent Mineral Society, Inc. I have more than 51 years of experience collecting, displaying and exhibiting fluorescent minerals, and my fluorescent mineral displays have won two national awards from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
Prior to devoting myself full time to UV SYSTEMS, Inc. I worked as a lighting engineer for aerospace companies, and have had more than 35 years of experience in research and commercial lighting systems applications. I have three patents all related to UV light assemblies. I have been married to my wife Alma for 57 years and have a daughter and son and one grandson.
I started UV SYSTEMS in 1992 to make replacement UV filters and lamps available to fluorescent mineral collectors at reasonable prices. I also knew that there were ways to make a hand-held SW UV light that was more powerful than any other light on the market at that time, so I developed the SuperBright 2000SW in 1996. This light incorporates many features that collectors requested: Increased UV output, light weight, a tough but ergonomic design, instant start operation, the ability to operate from a car battery, etc.
In 2005 I replaced the SuperBright 2000SW with the SuperBright II model 3254, it has more UV output, is more reliable, and more convenient. In 2016 I developed the SuperBright 3, 4000 series which is an improvement over the SuperBright II. The SuperBright 3 is available in four different UV wavelengths, from SW, MW, LW350, to LW370. The B2 battery pack was redesigned in 2005 and it provides longer use per charge, with increased convenience and reliability.
Finally, after obtaining input from mineral museums and collectors, I developed the very high powered TripleBright II display UV light, which was introduced in the fall of 1999. A special patented circuit allows this light to be turned “on” and “off” millions of times without affecting the life of the UV lamp. This light also features a cover that is easily removed while the light is still mounted in the display case, to facilitate the replacement of the UV filters when necessary.
The TripleBright II can be equipped with interchangeable Short Wave, Medium Wave, or two different Long Wave lamps. It is fan cooled to maintain a nearly constant UV output. I also have Dual TripleBright II available with two lamps in the light. The Dual TripleBright II comes in 13 different models depending on which UV filter or lamps are used. In 2008 I developed the T-20 Timer which can automatically control (turn “on” and “off”) your UV lights in your display. It has four different outputs such as SW UV lights, LW UV lights, MW UV lights, and an incandescent circuit that can dim down and ramp up while lights for your display. The T-20 Timer is custom built for your cycle and duration requirements. It can also be activated by an optional proximity detector circuit so when someone comes near your display the T-20 Timer automatically starts.
My philosophy has been and remains the same: to use the best technology, human engineering knowledge, and user input to provide superior products for the fluorescent mineral collecting community. Your suggestions are always welcome.
MY “MOST IMPORTANT LIGHT”
I want to give recognition to the most important light in my life, Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the world’s light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” John 8:12 The Message translation.
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