Tanning Bed Bulbs – Buyer’s Guide

Tanning has grown increasingly popular year after year. Most people feel that if they have a glowing tan their appearance instantly improves. When you have a tan you feel better about the way you look in less clothing. Most people won’t even go to the beach and tan until they have already hit the tanning bed a few times. The point is that in order to get a glowing tan you have to have the right equipment. You want to make sure that your time is not wasted using your own tanning bed or a salon tanning bed.  The brightness of the bulbs, bulb type, size and placement are all major factors in ensuring your glowing results when using the tanning bed.

Most people flock to the first salon that states, “bulbs just changed”, “new high powered bulbs”, “brighter bulbs”. Businesses state these things for the simple reason that the more high powered, or newer the bulb the better results you are going to get when you are tanning. You don’t want to have to use  the tanning bed every day and not see instant results. Many people ask the question, “how do the bulbs actually work to produce a tan”? Well, much like the sun, tanning bed bulbs produce UVB and UVA wavelengths. These two elements working  together are what cause you to tan as if you were laying under the sun. The UVB wavelength is what causes the melanin stimulation in your skin, but it can also cause skin to burn if overexposed. UVA is a longer wavelength and takes a longer period of time to get into the skin, but it is essential for the tanning process to complete.

If you are concerned with what type of bulb would be best for you, then you have come to the right place. There are many factors in deciding which bulb best fits your skin type. If you are looking for a deep golden tan, than it is best that you have a medium to dark complexion. With a darker complexion, you have a better ability to tan easier and to achieve a golden tan without burning.  A UVB bulb with a higher rating is much safer to use if you are able to tan easily. Obviously if you have fair skin and burn easily, you would want to go with a bulb that has less UVB intensity. At this website you will learn more about what bulb is best for you, how often bulbs should be replaced, safety of tanning bed bulbs, different sizes, and how to get the best results from your tanning bed bulbs.