How Much Do Tanning Bed Bulbs Cost?
A tanning bed lamp is a vital component to achieving that exact shade you want for your summer look. Many people in the modern times are so engrossed with beauty enhancement products that they try anything under the sun just to achieve that “perfection” in their physical appearance.
But because not all light-skinned races have the privilege to get natural tanning from the sun due to geographical location, many submit themselves to an artificial or cosmetic tanning solution. Americans call it a tanning bed, while the English people refer to it as a sunbed. No matter what they call it, such device releases 97% ultraviolet A (UVA) and more or less 3% ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation to produce a superficial tan.
For those that own a tanning bed, there is going to be one thing that goes bad over time and that is the bulb. The cost is going to depend the number of lamps and wattage.
How much does it cost?
- The price is going to solely depend on the brand, the number of lamps and the UVB rating. On average, be prepared to pay anywhere from $10 to as much as $45 per tanning bed bulb. The more lamps you need, the more you should be prepared to spend. Most companies do offer bulk discounts for those who purchase more than 6-12 at a time. The reason they do this is because most people tend to replace all the bulbs at once.
- Generally, a 20-30 minute bed that is around 100 watts is going to be less than $20 while a higher quality lamp can cost more. The quality of the lamp is determined by the amount of phosphors.
- Tanningbedbulbs.net offers four levels of replacement bulbs with their corresponding prices. Bronzing Bulbs at 6.5% UVB (17 – 20 minutes) can range anywhere from $125 for six to $400 for 32 while Hot Bulbs at 7.5% UVB (15 – 17 minutes) can range anywhere from $135 for six to $425 for 32. The more lamps you need, the higher the price is going to be. Hotter Bulbs at 8.5% UVB (13 – 15 minutes) range anywhere from $145 for six to $445 for 32. Lastly, the Hottest Bulbs at 9.5% UVB (10 minutes maximum) retail for $149 for six to as much as $499 for 32.
What is going to be included?
- Tanning beds are equipped with a number of fluorescent lamps that contain phosphor blends, which releases ultraviolet effects similar to what the sun does.
- High pressure tanning beds uses specialized quartz lamps, reflector systems and filters in order to produce ultraviolet A with some ultraviolet B radiation.
- If your skin tone ranges from fair to normal, the 6.5% UVB bronzing bulbs are suitable for you, where you can immerse for a maximum of 20 minutes. UVB ratings can range from 5% to as high as 9. The higher the UVB, the hotter the bulb will be and quicker the results may be. However, the higher UVB is not recommended.
- Typical lamps are going to have a life that ranges anywhere from 800 to 1,400 hours. The number of bulbs a bed uses ranges anywhere from 14 to as much as 36.
- Existing lamps will have sizes that include F59, F71, F72 and F73. The voltage can be anywhere from 80 to 160.
- Some companies may include bonuses with your purchase such as a pair of tanning goggles or a bottle of tanning bed cleaner.
What are the extra costs?
- If the bed has a facial lamp, this is another bulb that will have to be replaced.
- Some companies may not include shipping fee in their prices.
- Some states or local governments may charge sales tax on your ordered items.
Tip to know:
- To maximize the lamp life, make sure that the correct voltage is used in the bed and always make sure that the bed’s cooling system is working properly. Excessive heat inside of the bed can cause the lamps to burn out quicker than expected.
- Know your bed brand. This is going to ensure you that you get the right bulb. To help you find out what bed you may have, TanningBeds4Less.com wrote up a detailed guide.
- Make sure that you do not use bulbs that are too powerful for your skin tone. Although this is artificial sun, it can still have the same effects. Using too hot of bulbs or staying in the bed too long can result in severe sun burn.
- Over exposure to UV radiation can have adverse effects on human health, causing skin cancer, cataracts, premature aging and suppresses the immune system.
How can I save money?
- Try to compare the costs between getting a tanning session at home and at a salon, and go wherever you can cut costs. Many people do not realize that maintaining a bed at home can be more than they think.
- Compare a handful of stores online. Look for promotional codes or wait for a certain promotion. To keep updated on promotions, consider following them on social media networks or signing up on an email list.
- If you own a tanning salon, you should be eligible for quite a discount through most suppliers.