Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) are the major products of DNA produced by direct absorption of UV light, and result in C to T mutations linked to human skin cancers. Most recently a new pathway to CPDs in melanocytes has been discovered that has been proposed to arise from a chemisensitized pathway involving a triplet sensitizer that increases mutagenesis by increasing the percentage of C-containing CPDs. To investigate how triplet sensitization may differ from direct UV irradiation, CPD formation was quantified in a 129-mer DNA designed to contain all 64 possible NYYN sequences. CPD formation with UVB light varied about 2-fold between dipyrimidines and 12-fold with flanking sequence and was most frequent at YYYR and least frequent for GYYN sites in accord with a charge transfer quenching mechanism. In contrast, photosensitized CPD formation greatly favored TT over C-containing sites, more so for norfloxacin (NFX) than acetone, in accord with their differing triplet energies. While the sequence dependence for photosensitized TT CPD formation was similar to UVB light, there were significant differences, especially between NFX and acetone that could be largely explained by the ability of NFX to intercalate into DNA.