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A Complete Review of the Lumin CPAP Mask Cleaner

lumin cpap mask cleanerWhat if we told you that there was a device to make cleaning your CPAP equipment faster and more convenient? A device that allows you to leave the harsh cleaning chemicals behind. Sound like magic?

Enter the Lumin CPAP Cleaner for Masks and Accessories by 3B Medical, which uses a UV light to sanitize your mask, accessories, and water chamber and kill 99% of bacteria, pathogens, and fungi in just five minutes!

Let’s hop into everything you want to know about the Lumin and UV sanitization!

How Does the UV Sanitizer Work to Kill Bacteria and Pathogens?

The Lumin uses a powerful UV light contained inside a chamber to kill bacteria in just five minutes. The light is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and similar to the UV devices used to disinfect medical equipment in operating rooms and ambulances.

Now, let’s dive into how the Lumin UV system works. A specialized mercury-arc germicidal lamp inside the device emits a high energy light within the UV-C spectrum. This light, according to manufacturer 3B, is “very close to the peak of the germicidal effectiveness curve of 265nm, the most lethal wave to microorganisms.”

What does this mean for you? Cleaner equipment without the mess or hassle—and no place for any bacteria to hide!

Benefits of the Lumin CPAP Mask Cleaner

Why consider adding a Lumin UV Mask Cleaner to your CPAP cleaning regimen? We took a look at customer feedback and found the following benefits:

Benefits of the Lumin
Safely Cleans Equipment With a UV Light System
Quick, Five-Minute Cycle
Disinfects Non-CPAP Items
Easy-to-Use Design
No Replacement Parts Needed
Does Not Use Activated Oxygen or Ozone to Disinfect

Cleans what you can’t see. During the cold, flu, and allergy seasons, keeping your CPAP mask and water chambers clear of pathogens is especially important to reduce the risk of catching an infection.

Helps with rashes and skin breakouts. Keeping your mask clean and sanitary prevents bacteria from seeping into your pores and causing unpleasant skin conditions like rashes and acne breakouts.

Saves time. Five minutes is all a cycle requires to disinfect your CPAP mask and chamber with UV light. And the best part? You can use your equipment immediately afterward. Ozone-based cleaners often require 10 minutes or more to disinfect, and some require users to leave their masks in the chamber for a waiting period of up to two hours. The Lumin UV system does not require a waiting period—you can disinfect and use your mask right away!

Sanitizes non-CPAP items. You can use the Lumin to sanitize other small household or personal hygiene items, including eye masks, swim goggles, eyeglasses, toothbrushes, hearing aids, dentures, orthodontic retainers, mouthguards, and even pens and pencils. For busy households, the device can do double-duty as a disinfecting hub.

Prevents damages to your CPAP equipment. Testing shows that when used for five minutes a day, the Lumin’s UV light sanitizes your equipment while keeping it in tip-top shape. In over 150 hours of testing—up to five years worth of daily sanitizing—the plastics and silicone remained intact.

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How to Use the Lumin

The Lumin is easy to use and doesn’t restrict you to only sanitizing your CPAP equipment and accessories. Any non-living items that you can fit inside the Lumin tray can be sanitized such as your toothbrush.

To use, simply pull out the Lumin tray, place the item inside, close the tray, press the power button, and let the UV light on the Lumin go to work! The Lumin operates on a five-minute cycle and when it’s finished, it will beep to indicate the cycle is finished. Your items inside are now disinfected and safe to be removed and used immediately. Simple and easy!

We know what you’re thinking—what about cleaning my CPAP hose? Don’t worry 3B thought of that too.

The Lumin and Lumin Bullet: A Perfect Combination for Total CPAP Sanitization

While the Lumin is great for sanitizing your CPAP mask and water chamber, it cannot sanitize the inside of your hose or nasal pillows. Thankfully, this has been resolved with the introduction of the 3B Medical Lumin Bullet UV Hose Cleaner. A smartly designed hose cleaner that safely and effectively uses UV light to sanitize and remove 99.9% of bacteria in under two minutes!

With the Lumin Bullet, you simply sanitize, and you’re ready to use. A small metallic probe that generates UV light is guided through the hose using two powerful magnets to provide you with a mess-free CPAP cleaning solution. To learn more about the benefits, click over to our Lumin Bullet review. 

The Lumin is not made to sanitize your hose, making the duo a great way to achieve total CPAP sanitization without using harmful chemicals like ozone or activated oxygen.

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Final Thoughts

The Lumin CPAP Mask Cleaner is well-liked by customers for its ease of use, impressive five minute cleaning time, and ability to effectively disinfect CPAP parts and non-CPAP items like toothbrushes and mouth guards.

If you’re interested in a mess-free, quick solution, the Lumin may be just what you’re looking for! Let us know what you think about the Lumin in the comments below.

39 Comments

  1. Carolyn Sekavec Reply

    I have had my Lumin since December, 2018. I am not pleased with it. I use it every morning and it still has an odor of a sweaty body when I go to use it that night. As soon as it shuts off I immediately take it out. I would not invest in one again.

  2. Michael Morin Reply

    The water chamber from the Airsense Autoset 10 does not fit inside the drawer. I did not think I had to measure it. I idiotically assumed Lumin would have made the stupid thing big enough for a popular CPAP machine.

    • Hi Michael, i’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with fitting the chamber in the Lumin drawer. We have confirmed that the chamber does indeed fit into the Lumin drawer. Please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221 and we would be more than happy to assist you.

      Have a wonderful day!

    • Lou Kostura Reply

      I use it for my water chamber on my resmed airsense 10 you just take the lid off at the hinge and nest the 2 pieces in the drawer with the seal and it all fits well.

  3. I am curious about the odor left behind that may or may not be easily cleaned away with wipes. I sent back my ozone CPAP cleaning machine because of the horrid smell it left. I do not want to run into the same problem with your product. I look forward to your response.
    Amy Burton

    • Hi Amy, the information we have received from the manufacturer regarding odor with the Lumin is: UV light has no odor. The vast majority of Lumin customers experience no odor. If there is an odor it is likely similar to the smell of burnt hair. Household dust is 90% composed of dead skin cells. Skin, like hair, contains a sulfide molecule. UV cleans with high energy light. That process also frees the sulfide molecule in a skin or hair molecule. If your unit has an odor please wash thoroughly with a damp cloth using Dawn liquid detergent and dry with a paper towel. Run one cycle with the drawer empty and let the device sit overnight. Next day, your unit should have no odor.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Enjoy your day!

    • Hi Paul, due to the shape of some nasal pillows, its possible that the UV light from the Lumin, may not be able to make direct contact with the inside of the pillow. In order for the Lumin to sanitize an item, the light must be able to touch the product.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 and ask for Carol, you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a wonderful day!

  4. After reading all I can about sanitizing machines, I’ve come to the conclusion none of them are any good. I was talked into buying the purify 3 ozone machine. Now I read that it’s no good and I’ve developed a cough. Therefore is it safe to just clean in vinegar and water and touch of dawn in sink with regular water once a week?

    • Hey Sue, I’m sorry to hear about the cough you’ve developed. Even though there are many cleaning machine options available, they are mostly used for convenience and aren’t a necessity. Yes, you can effectively clean your supplies with the use of vinegar, water and a mild detergent, as long as you are following the standard recommended replacement schedule in the link below.

      https://www.cpap.com/replace

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, with further questions, or concerns.

      Enjoy your day!

  5. How do you please clean the nasal pillow. It doesn’t look like this machine will do them

    • Hi Trevor, you can put your nasal pillows inside of the Lumin, but since the light cannot touch the inside of the cushion, I would still recommend you wash them in warm water and mild detergent.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great weekend!

  6. Efrain Rivera Vazquez Reply

    Hi,
    I have the Lumin sanitizer. I was interesting in the Lumin Bullet but I had read just about every article of the Lumin Bullet. Unfortunately the bullet won’t works with the heated hose of my Resmed Airsense 10. Are there any incoming Lumin devise in the near future to sanitizer the Resmed Airsense 10. If not let me know, other wise I will have to change to a different sanitizer such as SoClean that do all cpad equipment. I have a lot of VA veterans with the same issue because they are getting the Resmed Airsense 10

    • Hi Efrain, I’m sorry to hear that the Lumin Bullet isn’t a good match for you since you have the heated hose. I am not aware of any other Lumin device that will work with the heated hose for the AirSense 10. If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter at cpap.com, please do so that we may send you a notice if a new product becomes available.

      Also, please keep in mind that ResMed has determined that using the SoClean could cause damage to your machine. Per Resmed: “Effective for sales of ResMed machines on or after February 1, 2020, ResMed’s limited warranty will exclude damage to ResMed machines caused by the use of ozone devices. The limited warranty on ResMed masks, with the exception of ResMed AirTouch™ products, will not be affected.”

      Most folks clean their hose by soaking for about 20 minutes in vinegar and water once per week.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Enjoy your day!

  7. Hi,

    Can Lumin disinfect the inside of my Philips Dreamware nasal mask? I know it will not disinfect the inside of my nasal pillow but I’m concerned about it cleaning the inside Lumen of the hollow mask?

    • Hi Tim, the Lumin, can only disinfect items the UV light can actually touch. The light isn’t able to touch the inside of the frame of your mask.

      For further questions, or concerns, please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  8. Shara Hernandez Reply

    Is the Lumin safe for the new sleep apnea device, Bongo Rx ?

    • Hi Shara, you can put the Bongo, inside of the Lumin, but I would recommend you run them through the Lumin cycle upside down and the opposite side just to make sure the UV light touches as much of the Bongo possible.

      Also, keep in mind that the Lumin, is for supplemental cleaning and you should still follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning regimen listed below:

      Cleaning Tips

      To clean your Bongo RX, please take the following steps:

      Wet the Bongo RX with water, making sure to remove any residue that may have collected.
      Disinfect with mild soap, making sure it covers the outer and inner part of the cones.
      Thoroughly rinse with warm water, making sure to remove any soap left behind.
      Set aside to dry. Do not place in the sun.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  9. R. Delaney Reply

    Can the Lumin be used to safely disinfect cell phone and other electronics?

    • Hey R. Delaney, while the Lumin is intended as a CPAP cleaning device, it can actually handle any item that can fit within it’s inner drawer. It is designed to fit most CPAP masks and water chambers, but can also disinfect many personal items. This includes your cell phone, hearing aid, dentures, toothbrush, oral appliance and many more.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Best Wishes!

    • Hi Dragana, I have reached out to 3B Medical, the manufacturer of the Lumin, and was advised that you can put envelopes and checks inside the Lumin.

      For further questions, or concerns, please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a wonderful day!

  10. I am living overseas and packed my Lumin sterilizer for the duration of our stay (6 months) – now that the Corona virus scare has hit every country, I cannot tell you how glad I am that we brought it along. Now everything – Cpap mask, keys, phone, toothbrush, reading glasses – anything that is an easy target for germs – go in to the Lumin everyday as part of our safety routine. Washing everything is still important, but as a last-step, It’s one of the easiest ways we can insure that everything is as clean as it can be during this pandemic. Thanks!

  11. Jean-Eudes Morin Reply

    I just purchased a Lumin sanitizer early this year. I never seen heard or been told about a Lumin bullet for the hose. How much would it cost me to purchase one.

    • Hi Jean-Eudes,
      I’m sorry you never received any information on the Lumin Bullet. Please see the link below for more details on the Lumin Bullet. You will notice the Bullet is currently on backorder.

      https://www.cpap.com/productpage/3b-medical-lumin-bullet

      If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, please visit cpap.com to do so, this is how we notify our customers when there are new products available. Also, if you are signed up for our newsletters, you will receive details on discount promotions being offered.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  12. Jeremy Cohen Reply

    Similar to question above about disinfecting items during this coronavirus pandemic would Lumin work to disinfect food items?

    • Hi Jeremy, per 3B Medical, the manufacturer of the Lumin, they do not recommend you putting food inside the Lumin.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  13. Jeremy Cohen Reply

    With what’s going on with corona I wonder if this would sanitize food?

  14. Marjorie Robbins Reply

    Hi, can the Lumin be used to sanitize N95 masks so that they can be reused?

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