Tanning beds have become increasingly popular over the years, enabling users to enjoy and maintain and glowing, radiant tan all year round. The level of tanning that you achieve through the use of a tanning bed depends on a number of factors, including you natural susceptibility to tanning, your exposure time, how regularly you top up the tan, and the type of bulb or lamp used in the tanning bed. Bulbs and lamps have become increasingly sophisticated, allowing tanners to enjoy faster, deeper tanning with less exposure time. These higher quality bulbs and lamps are also great for commercial tanning beds, because they often last longer, thus providing extra value for money.
Some of the more sophisticated tanning bulbs employ a special mirror technology that can generate a lot more power, enabling more efficient, faster, and deeper tanning with shorter exposure times. Reflective coatings inside the tubes push the UV light in onto a more direct path, which makes for increased tanning power with the use of less electricity and exposure.
There are many different types of bulbs and lamps used for tanning beds, and these bulbs offer variations in power and tanning effects. Some of the bulbs available from the Woolf range include:
Bronze S Twister is a unique looking lamp that looks great on the tanning bed and also provides additional power for a deep, golden tan. This bulb has an increased surface area, making it extra effective and powerful.
Bronzing sun lamps blend UVA and UVB for immediate color and delayed tanning. The life expectancy of these lamps and bulbs range from 800-1000 hours depending on whether the bulb is reflective or not.
Velocity extreme is a powerful lamp that offers a deep and rich tan, and it also enjoys a longer life expectancy making it value for money for both residential and commercial tanning beds.
Your exposure time will depend on a number of factors, including the bulb or lamp type and strength, your desired level of tanning, your susceptibility to tanning, and your own skin. It is important to ensure that you do not over tan, as this can prove dangerous and look ghastly. If you are new to tanning beds, you should speak to a member of staff at the salon if you are using commercial beds. Even if you are buying a home tanning bed, it may be worth going for a few sessions at a salon in order to get used to the exposure times on a comparable tanning bed.
In order to maintain a tanning bed tan, you will need to have regular sessions, and salon specialists recommend three or four sessions per week to maintain a tan properly. It can take a few sessions to see any result with a tanning bed, and it can take several weeks to get the result you are looking for. These exposure and development times should be taken into account when planning for a tanned look for a night out or a special occasion – advanced preparation is essential.
For those that have not used tanning beds before, the initial exposure may be for a very short time, which can mean a matter of five minutes or so. The length of exposure is normally adjusted to help you achieve the level of tan that you need without burning. It is also important to remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently, and one person could achieve a light tan from a certain exposure time whereas another may achieve a darker tan from the same level of exposure – it all depends on your skin’s reaction to the tanning process as well as the bulb or tanning bed being used.
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