The main parts of a residential tanning bed
If you have a residential tanning bed, you will have to learn more about its main parts in order to routinely clean and repair them. The proper operation of your tanning bed can be guaranteed once you learn how to take proper care of each of its parts. Here are the main parts of a residential tanning bed.
UV bulbs or lamps are considered to be the most important parts of every tanning bed, regardless of its style. Tanning bulbs are made out of a special quartz in order to emit the safest amount of UV radiations that results in a long lasting and naturally looking tan. There are many choices when it comes to tanning bulbs – VLR, Wolff and Voltrac are just few of them. Replacement tanning bulbs can be purchased from a tanning bed dealer but, before purchasing replacement tanning bulbs, you will have to make sure that the look, model and make of the chosen tanning bulb matches your residential tanning bed. Also, you should make sure that you verify the lifespan of the tanning bulb. Sometimes, the UV rays are also emitted from the back and sides of the tanning lamps. In order to prevent this from happening, special reflectors are used in residential tanning beds. Such reflectors are made of special and highly polished aluminum.
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Acrylic shields are other important parts of a tanning bed – they are used in order to prevent possible burns from all the UV rays emitted by the lamps. Also, these acrylic shields allow the maximum amount of ultraviolet penetration. However, the acrylic shields will lose from their transmissive properties with age. So, you must have them replaced when the time comes. Typically, an acrylic shield lasts about 9,000 hours. Scratches and nicks on its surface can become quite dangerous because they allow more ultraviolet radiations to seep through. Once you notice that your tanning bed has too many scratches and nicks on its acrylic shield, you should have this part replaced.
- A residential tanning bed comes with internal cooling fans as well. Such fans are installed in order to minimize the temperature inside your tanning bed. Without such fans, your residential tanning bed would get overheated and it would be easily worn out. You will also have to replace the fans but you will not have to do this as often as you do with your tanning bulbs. Cooling fans can be bought in bulk. Keep in mind that cooling fans that aren't working in the proper way will damage both your skin and your residential tanning bed. Most tanning beds are likely to use cooling fans that operate on 220 or 110 volt. Some tanning beds may come with carriage or squirrel cage fans.
Another key component of your residential tanning bed is its timer. This device is designed to limit your maximum time for each of your tanning sessions. Each timer will be set with a time that shows the maximum exposure you can get – this exposure time is likely to depend on your type of tanning bed. Typically, the maximum time may extend up to 20 minutes.