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Light Air, Nikken, and MicroLux Air Purifiers Comparison Charts

Updated on October 26, 2012
Get the inside scoop on how Light Air, Nikken, and Microlux air purifiers perform and how much they cost.
Get the inside scoop on how Light Air, Nikken, and Microlux air purifiers perform and how much they cost.

Light Air, Nikken, and MicroLux Air Purifiers

Light Air Purifiers have an aesthetic modern design that makes them extremely appealing. They are ionizers meaning they use the ionization process to knock particles out of the air. Nikken air purifiers are low end HEPA filtration systems that also use ionization or PCO (photocatalytic oxidation) technology as an addition. The MicroLux air purifier is a hybrid purification system that combines HEPA and carbon filtration with active purification technologies. These charts lay out the costs and benefits of these air purifiers so you can cut through the white lies and gimmicky advertising and get a good look at what these air purifiers are really capable of doing and how much it costs to use them.

Air Wellness Traveler Filter Purifier System with HEPA filtration

Light Air & Nikken Air Purifiers Comparison Chart 1

MFG/Model
Light Air Ion Flow 50 Sky
Light Air Ion Flow 50 Surface
Light Air Ion Flow 50 Signature
Light Air Ion 50 Style
Nikken Air Wellness Power5 Pro
 
 
 
 
 
 
Retail Price
$350.00
$395.00
$595.00
$495.00
$749.00
Filter Type/Cleaning Processes
Ionization
Ionization
Ionization
Ionization
Pre-filter,
 
 
 
 
 
HEPA filter, ionization
Cost of replacement parts
none
none
none
none
Replacement filter pack-$124.00/6 months
Energy Consumption
7 watts
7 watts
7 watts
7 watts
43 watts
Elect. Cost use.0886/kwh
$5.43/year
$5.43/year
$5.43/year
$5.43/year
$33.37/year
Unit and parts cost for first year
$355.43
$400.43
$600.43
$500.43
$906.37
Total operating cost over 10 years
$1,804.30
$2,029.30
$3,029.31
$2,529.30
$4,063.70
Coverage area per mfg. specs.
540 square feet
540 square feet
650 square feet
540 square feet
387 square feet
Cost to cover 3000 sq. ft for first year
$1,976.19
$2,226.39
$2,773.99
$2,782.39
$7,024.37
Cost to cover 3000 sq. ft for 10 years
$10,023.89
$11,282.91
$13,981.43
$6,219.84
$31,501.55
# of units to clean 3000 sq. ft
5.56
5.56
4.62
5.56
7.75
Noise Level dB
5
5
5
5
unknown
Freq. cleaning perm.nt parts
Every month
Every month
Every month
Every month
Every month
Cost per square foot
33 cents/yr
38 cents/yr
46.6 cents/yr
46.8 cents/yr
$1.05/yr
MFG Warranty
One year limited warranty
One year limited warranty
One year limited warranty
One year limited warranty
One year limited warranty
Particles
Yes (unknown efficiency)
Yes (unknown efficiency
Yes (unknown efficiency)
Yes (unknown efficiency)
99.97% to .3 microns
Odors
no
no
no
no
no
Chemical Gases
no
no
no
no
no
Kills mold/mildew
no
no
no
no
no
Smoke
no
no
no
no
no
Germicide UV (passive)
no
no
no
no
no
Germicide PCO(active)
no
no
no
no
no

Nikken and MicroLux Air Purifiers Comparison Chart 2

MFG/Model
Nikken Air Wellness Traveler
MicroLux ML4000D
 
 
 
Retail Price
$311.00
$399.99
Filter Type/Cleaning Processes
Pre-filter, HEPA filter, Deodorizing filter, PCO copper filter, ionization
Pre-filter, HEPA filter, carbon filter, 360 mg/hr ozone, ionization, PCO (UV bulb & Tio2 filter)
Cost of replacement parts
Replacement filter pack-$45.00/6 months
HEPA filter-$19.99/yr, Carbon filter-$19.99/yr, Pre-filter-$19.99 /yr, PCO filter-$19.99/yr
Energy Consumption
12 watts
45 watts
Elect. Cost use.0886/kwh
$9.31/year
$34.93/year
Unit and parts cost for first year
$365.31
$434.92
Total operating cost over 10 years
$2,323.10
$2,649.10
Coverage area per mfg. specs.
3000 square feet
3000 square feet
Cost to cover 3000 sq. ft for first year
$6,371.00
$434.92
Cost to cover 3000 sq. ft for 10 years
$40,519.19
$2,649.10
# of units to clean 3000 sq. ft
17.44
1
Noise Level dB
unknown
unknown
Freq. cleaning perm.nt parts
Every month
Every month
Cost per square foot
$1.35/yr
8.8 cents/yr
MFG Warranty
One year limited warranty
One year limited warranty
Particles
99.97% to .3 microns
99.97% to .3 microns
Odors
some
yes
Chemical Gases
some
yes
Kills mold/mildew
yes
yes
Smoke
some
yes
Germicide UV (passive)
no
no
Germicide PCO (active)
yes
yes

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