CPAP Product Reviews

Introducing Lumin: UV CPAP Cleaner

Your CPAP mask and accessories are in constant contact with warm moist air throughout the night during CPAP therapy. This is a perfect breeding ground for viruses, mold, and bacteria that can cause infection and illness, so daily use of the Lumin CPAP Cleaner will help keep you healthy and compliant with your CPAP equipment.

What is the Lumin CPAP Cleaner?

“We love having a Lumin to keep our daughter’s CPAP machine clean. Already have a family member buying one after seeing ours. There are other machines, but they are NOT as efficient and budget-friendly as the Lumin.”

The Lumin UV CPAP Cleaner by 3B Medical is a new CPAP cleaner and sanitizer that uses a powerful, germicidal UVC light to disinfect your CPAP masks and accessories. UVC light disinfects up to 99% of harmful bacteria, pathogens, and fungi that can cause infection and illness. It is the same type of light source used in hospital operating rooms and sterile clean rooms and is a safe and effective alternative to harsher, more expensive CPAP cleaners and solutions on the market today.

What is the Lumin Bullet?

The Lumin Bullet is the latest companion product released to compliment the Lumin CPAP Cleaner. The Lumin Bullet is designed to clean the inside of a CPAP hose, which is something the Lumin Cleaner can’t always do, especially on thick or dark hoses. 

Because UV light can only disinfect what it touches, the inside of a hose is sometimes inaccessible to the Lumin’s UV light because it’s the inside of the hose may be blocked from the hose’s thickness or dark color. The Lumin Bullet is a small metallic probe that’s small enough to fit inside the hose. There’s a hard shell outer case that clamps around the outside of the hose and is used to guide the probe through the hose. Along the way, the probe emits pulses of light that disinfect as it travels through the hose. 

In two minutes, the CPAP tube can be completely disinfected and ready for use. There’s no drying or waiting period needed before it can be used again. When combined with the Lumin, it becomes the ultimate CPAP cleaning system with no harmful ozone or activated oxygen.

How Does UV Clean CPAP Accessories?

“The Lumin CPAP Mask and accessories cleaner is simple to use, and your mask and all pieces of the water container are sparkling clean!”

The Lumin CPAP Cleaner disinfects your CPAP supplies from harmful organisms using a very specialized and high powered UVC light source. The inside drawer is made of polished aluminum, which reflects the UV light to improve coverage. Place your items in the drawer, close the drawer, turn on the machine, and in just five minutes, your items are ready to use right away.

The Lumin Improves Your CPAP Cleaning Experience!

“I’m glad I preordered this large UV sanitizer. I seem to better avoid nighttime congestion on the nights I use it on my water chamber and nasal pillows instead of just regular cleaning. I also was looking forward to trying it on our Sonicare toothbrush bases, and sure enough, it kills off the stuff that grows in the bottom and top gaps that are hard to clean out along with doing a better job cleaning the brush heads than the tiny Sonicare brush head UV cleaner.”

We know sometimes the CPAP cleaning process is long and laborious, filled with pungent odors, harsh chemicals, and parts you have to replace every month. The process to use the Lumin CPAP Cleaner, however, is very quick and easy! Place your mask or water chamber into the slide-out drawer, close the drawer, turn on the machine, and in just five minutes, your CPAP supplies are ready to use right away, with no waiting periods.

You do not have to worry about harsh odors or chemicals with this CPAP sanitizer since no chemicals are used in the process. In fact, the Lumin’s cleaning process is so safe and universal that it can disinfect common items for you like your toothbrush, dentures, or hearing aid! You will also never have to worry about replacement parts or ongoing costs, as there are no adapters or filters, and the UV light bulb is intended to function for the life of the machine

In addition, the Lumin is the perfect CPAP mask cleaner because it will disinfect any mask without you needing to disassemble the mask beforehand, as with other cleaning solutions.

Check out our current Lumin offers or read our complete review of the Lumin here!

Daniela has researched and published over 60 articles covering topics that aim to inform and empower people living with Sleep Apnea. As an avid reader and researcher, Daniela continues to grow her knowledge about Sleep Apnea and CPAP therapy everyday with the help of coworkers, CPAP.com customers, and members of other CPAP communities online.

32 Comments

    • Jack Blanke Reply

      Can headgear be sanitized in the drawer along with the hose, full face mask and goose neck?

      • The Lumin can sanitize the surface of an accessory, but it doesn’t do the inside of any item. Your headgear and mask should be fine, but the hose wouldn’t be. Not sure about the elbow (goose neck).

  1. Z Loftin Blair Reply

    Hi, I have a ResMed Airsense10 and want to make sure the chamber and mask will fit in the drawer. Also, can the long tubing be cleaned in that chamber also?

    Thank you!

  2. Is this free shipment on this machine. I am supposed to be receiving a new machine this week which is the latest on the market from VA. Do I need to wait until I get the machine to make sure this is the right machine for this? Do you give VA discounts? Also do you put you head piece material in this for sanitizing?

    • MICHAEL LIN Reply

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for the great questions. Yes, we offer free shipping for the Lumin CPAP Cleaner. You can try risk-free by returning it within 30 days of purchase for a refund if you are not completely satisfied. Please call our customer support line at 1-800-356-5221 for further help with discounts and cleaning instructions.

      Michael

  3. Thomas Couey Reply

    Might want to hold off on this until they’ve been in the wild for a little while. I’m generally not an “early adopter,” but I took this risk with this one and now I’m regretting that decision.

    I just received mine today and used it to “clean” my ResMed Swift FX nasal pillow. As soon as it was done and I removed it and smelled it, I knew something was wrong. Being a light based sanitizer, I didn’t expect any odor (I have a UVC bulb in my HVAC system and have never noticed anything), but it seems that the silicone reacted with the light in a bad way. It’s a smell that I’ve never smelled before but it smells foul! It’s kind of a burnt and “chemically” smell. The fabric strap part of the headgear portion smells fine, but the silicone smells horrible now. I tried washing it with soap and water but that made little to no noticeable difference. It’s possible that after a few cycles the reaction will cease and the smell (or outgassing, or whatever it is) will dissipate, I don’t know. I may never be able to use this mask again, I had to open a new mask until I can determine if the treated one will air out or not. After washing out the mask I tried to breathe through it but didn’t get past one or two breaths before then my lungs and sinus were so irritated that I became short of breath. I haven’t been diagnosed with asthma, but it felt like maybe a mild attack or something. I decided to air out my house too, especially since I have birds and they’re very sensitive to airborne contaminants.

    I tried running the unit again with nothing in it to see if the smell got worse (maybe it was coming from drawer itself). After the cycle the drawer definitely had a foul odor, but it was different. It was probably from the plastic inside the unit reacting with the UV or from something on the bulb burning off, but it was a different (bad) smell. Also, the fact that the fabric on my mask didn’t have a strong odor leads me to believe that it was definitely coming directly from the silicone.

    I’ve reached out the manufacturer via their support page but so far I’ve gotten no response (not even an automated “we received your question” email). It’s only been a couple of hours, so I can’t ding them for not responding yet but, for the record, I have reached out to them, so we’ll see.

    I just hope that 10 years down the road we don’t find out that the silicone reaction from the strong UVC creates toxic fumes. That would suck. They must’ve tested this thing though, right? I’ve looked in the manual and there’s no reference to strong odors when first used. How did they not experience this during testing? Did they test with nasal pillows? Or just the plastic over-the-nose and full-face masks? Who knows. I don’t want to be the Guinea Pig though.

    Alas, I can’t return the device because of CPAP.com’s “all sales are final” policy, so I’m stuck with it now. Lesson learned, I guess.

    • MICHAEL LIN Reply

      Hi Thomas,

      We are sorry to hear about your negative experience with the Lumin. It’s normal for the Lumin to create an odor during the first few cycles as the UV light interacts with the tray and items inside for the very first time. The smell is expected and is not toxic or harmful in any way, and usually dissipates completely after a few uses. Please call 1-800-356-5221 for more information, thank you!

      Michael

    • Jack Blanke Reply

      Thanks for the candid comments, Michael. I will wait to see what the manufacturer’s response is.

    • Dear Thomas, i find the smell to be like musty. now i did mask once and in did water chamber, i notice it with water chamber. i open ed the drawer and there definitely was an odor .

  4. Robert Skorczewski Reply

    The Lumin CPAP Cleaner may work for my ResMed CPAP nasal mask and water chamber, I don’t see how it could work with the bulky hoses I use: a 12″ hose that attaches to my nasal pillow, and the 3 meter hose that attaches to both the nasal pillow hose and to back of my ResMed unit containing the water chamber The Lumin’s UVC light could not penetrate the hoses, nor could the bulky hoses fit inside of the Lumin’s drawer..

    • No, the Lumin can’t clean the hose. It’s designed to disinfect surfaces and is not able to clean the inside of accessories.

  5. Will this machine sanitize the cpap hose? Can I put the Oral B rechargeable tooth brush handle in this? Will it harm the battery?

    • Rick,

      It sanitizes the exterior of a mask or similar item by using UV light and only disinfects the surface. It may not be a good idea for a hose. I don’t know about whether or not it would harm a tooth brush battery.

  6. Nathan Kaplan Reply

    No mention of whether this unit can clean the hose. if it can’t, it’s not worth my investment.

    • MICHAEL LIN Reply

      Hi Nathan,

      The Lumin device will only sanitize exterior surfaces. As a result, it will not properly sanitize items with interior surfaces such as hoses, the inside of nasal pillows, or dual flap cushions as adequately as needed.

      Michael

  7. Does the hose attachments fit in the drawer as well? I didn’t see that in the video.

    • Right. So the Lumin cleans with UV light, but it’s not like a dishwasher that scrubs and cleans all surfaces. It’s recommended that if you use the Lumin you also use CPAP wipes of some kind to remove the debris. The Lumin is great at disinfecting and getting it ready for the next use.

  8. I received my Lumin but I also am dealing with a burnt smell as well. Strong odor. It dissipates if you continue to use the mask, but I googled Lumin burnt smell and came across these reviews I thought something was wrong with the machine. I was about to return it. In general UV light is safe, but certainly there is some reaction occurring that causes the odor. The manufacture should include instructions regarding the odor, otherwise this product is going to flop. I’ll run it several more cycles, but if it doesn’t work, I’ll ask for money back. I really don’t want to return it, I don’t want the ozone treatment, and UB seems like a great idea, but man, if this thing isn’t tested and keeps smelling, it’s not cheap…. I don’t see how a company refuses to allow a return if the product is defective. Let’s not get ahead of myself. I’m a doctor and agree it is very unlikely to be harmful, but the smell needs to go away.

    • CPAP.com is self-pay only, but we do provide an insurance compliant invoice, where you can bill your insurance as having used an out-of-network DME (CPAP supplier). You should check with your insurance company first. Policies differ greatly in terms of coverages and reimbursement.

  9. JOHN WILLIAMS Reply

    I’m sure you know about competing products.
    I’s like your assessment of the So C;lean product and process. Of course it is about 4 times as expensive. I understand that the Cpap machine is hooked up to the So Clean machine. Does it clean the entire Cpap machine, including the mask and hoses, thoroughly? I will check the So Clean website to review their claims, but I’d like your assessment as providing additional informationl.
    Thank you,
    John S. Williams

    • Hi John, my apologies for the late response. Unfortunately, we do not sell, or work with any of the SoClean products. Sadly, we are not experts when it comes to this cleaning machine. I have spoken with some of our customers that are currently using the SoClean, and they seem to be very happy with the cleaner. Also, from my understanding it does clean the mask and hoses. In order for you to receive accurate answers to your questions I must refer you to https://www.soclean.com/.

      I hope this information helps.

      Enjoy your day!

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