Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about tanning and tanning beds in general. This list is certainly not exhaustive of the questions we receive. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.
How long does it take to get a tan?
While everyone's skin is different, experts agree you should obtain your maximum tan in about 4-5 weeks of tanning three times per week. Some people with darker skin types may see significant tanning quicker, while lighter skin types may not tan at all. If you do not tan in the sun you will not tan with the use of a tanning bed.
Will I get a better tan with a larger tanning bed?
Yes and no. Larger beds typically have more lamps spaced closer together, giving you a more even tan. However, the output of a tanning bed is governed by the FDA, meaning you can only get so much UV exposure in a session. That's why larger beds have shorter session times. So while you may get a better, more even tan, and faster from a larger bed, the smaller beds will definitely do the job.
How often can I tan?
When first starting to tan, when you have the least color, you should tan no more than every other day (i.e. allow at least 48 hours between sessions). After developing a base tan you can tan every day if desired, but once or twice a week is sufficient, and recommended.
Why do I have to wear eye protection?
Eye protection is extremely important when tanning. Your eyes can become damaged very quickly from UV exposure and your eyelids offer little protection.
How often do I need to replace my lamps?
Lamps vary greatly in how long they last, depending on brand, lamp wattage, voltage to the tanning bed, temperature of the room, etc. But a good rule of thumb is:
- Replace 100W and 120W lamps should be replaced every 700 - 1000 hours
- Replace 160W lamps every 600 - 800 hours
- Replace 180W and 200W lamps every 500 - 700 hours
- Replace 400W and 500W face tanner lamps every 500 - 700 hours
- Replace 1000W high-pressure lamps every 350 - 500 hours
What lamps can I use in my tanning bed?
Your tanning bed lists the appropriate lamps in its safety wording applied directly to the unit. This information is also listed in the user manual. Sometimes alternate lamps are listed. These lamps are the only ones tested in the unit and guaranteed to give you the maximum tan allowed by the FDA. When ordering replacements, consult with a qualified Sales or Service representative to obtain the proper lamps.
Why do I need a Buck-Booster?
Voltage coming out of the wall varies greatly depending on where you are in relationship to the power station, where you are in the country, and what other things around you use power. A Buck-Booster helps regulate that power and supply the tanning bed with the proper voltage to operate safely and effectively.