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More on tanning bed lamps

The quality of the tan you are going to receive from your residential tanning system is going to depend on the spectrum produced by your tanning lamps. Tanning lamps produce more UV lights when compared to the natural sunlight and this happens during the exact same amount of time. Tanning lamps are available in 2 basic styles – one style includes the low pressure tanning lamps while the other style includes high pressure lamps or the so-called tanning bulbs. A tanning bed lamp looks as a common fluorescent light, with a long tube that glows. A tanning bed lamp is designed to produce both UVB and UVA lights.

Usually, a tanning bed lamp is rated by its percentage of every type of UV lights it produces. For instance, low-pressure lamps are more likely to lose their initial ability to emit UV lights over time.The useful life of a low-pressure tanning lamp ranges from 400 to 1500 hours. An useful life means that a low pressure lamp still produces at least 60% to 80% of the amount of UV lights that it is designed to produce. Actually, a low pressure tanning lamp can produce a normal light for a much longer period of time, up to almost 5000 hours.

The high pressure tanning lamps or bulbs are designed in order to produce just UVA lights. In reality, a high-pressure tanning lamp will also produce UVC and UVB lights, but its filters are designed to block all these damaging rays. Keep in mind that tanning bulbs must not be operated without having the necessary filter. In addition, high-pressure tanning lamps will require a more special care during their replacement and disposal. Keep in mind that the typical lifespan of a tanning bulb ranges somewhere between 400 to 10000 hours.

You must keep the tanning lamps as clean as possible. Accumulated dust can actually block the UV lights emitted by the tanning lamps. Keep in mind to wipe the tanning lamps about every 300 hours of use in order to get their full UV radiations. Another interesting aspect related to the tanning lamps is the fact that their designed ability to produce UV lights can be affected by the current air temperature. So, there is a certain optimum air temperature range in which your UV tanning lamps can provide the most UV radiations. Below or above this specific temperature range, the amount of the emitted UV rays is diminished in a significant way. Every residential tanning bed comes with a cooling system that is designed to achieve the right air temperature range and keep your tanning lamps going in an effective way. This is the reason why cooling systems can be found in a tanning bed – they are not there to make your tanning experience more pleasant and cool, but for ensuring the full effectiveness of the tanning lamps.

If you own a residential tanning bed, you will have to change its tanning lamps only every 4 to 5 years. Of course, every replacement will also depend on the amount of use your tanning lamps get and their lifespan. Replacement lamps can be ordered online from a reliable retailer that can provide you with tanning bed supplies and parts. However, the main trick when it comes to replacing your tanning lamps is to find the right model lamps that can fit your specific residential tanning bed. Make sure that you replace all the tanning lamps at once because it’s not advisable for you to wait for one tanning lamp to burn in order to have it replaced.


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