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Old 06-02-2001, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do so many lamp makes say their lamps are the same as or compatible with and so on to Wolff lamps.Are wolff lamps the standard to which all other are compared.I know its said wolff discovered uva tanning.Whats the story?
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Old 06-10-2001, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They were there with a great marketing plan early on. They worked exclusive deals with bed manufacturers (WOLFF SYSTEMS) thus becoming the OEM lamp. With questionable wording on beds (replace ONLY with the OEM Wolff lamp, they state) they reaped profits from the bed licensing fee AND replacement lamps. Very smart. In more recent times Cosmedico has done a similar thing with their VHR lamp. Now, salon onwers are becoming more savvy in replacement lamps and there are more choices than ever.
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I believe there are only 4 or 5 actual mfgs of lamps and the rest are private labels[ This Message was edited by: darktanman on 2001-12-12 21:41 ]
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Old 12-03-2001, 03:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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its kind of like kleenex. when you say kleenex, you don't think of the company, you think of the tissue. when someone says wolff, you think tanning.

wolff isn't necessarily the standard that every lamp manufacturer tries to copy or beat or make themselves compatible to. at one time, there were many bed manufacturers that paid wolff a royalty to use their lamp system and their logo to put in their units. salon owners may or may not be happy with the wolff system lamp, and when it comes time to find replacements, more and more salon owners are running into the compatability issue.

so...the competing (alternative) lamp manufacturers make it a point to target wolff when they test their lamps. since there are so many wolff lamps out there, they want to include as many of them as possible on their compatability sheets.

what was once the alternative (light sources, interelectric, etc) has become mainstream. the more educated salon owners become, the more they realize their choices when it comes to replacement lamps. and you'll find that fewer and fewer bed manufacturers are sending out new units with wolff system lamps.

i'm not bashing wolff systems at all in this post. i believe that they put out some high quality lamps. their name has become synonymous with tanning. but you do have a choice.

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Sundance is a great lamp[ This Message was edited by: darktanman on 2001-12-12 21:41 ]
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