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Old 07-21-2005, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I get more calls from salon owners who have had information from misguided lamp distributors. The Wolff Velocity is not a 5% or 7% lamp.

http://www.wolffsystem.com/Lamps/velocity.html

From Wolff Systems website you can easily see the specs on each lamp.

Velocity is 3.95% UVB
Velocity Plus is 4.3% UVB
Velocity Extreme is 4.67% UVB

The Velocity is a decent lamp for beginner tanners, however you can please more skin types with a slightly stronger lamp.



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What lamp from the Wolff line would you recommend to be a stronger lamp?
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I really wouldn't recommend a Wolff lamp, but if you are stuck on the name try the Wolff Dominion or Velocity Extreme, the Dominion is about 4.5% UVB & the Velocity Extreme is a bit stronger than that.

Other lamps to consider would be the LSI Midday Sun, California Tan Helio 5.0, Philips Advantage or Heraeus New Colors T100. They are all around a 5%-5.5% UVB.
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John, what lamp would you recommend to really impress your customers? The more experienced ones who really want to see something.
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What level bed & what lamp are you currently using?
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John tell me if I am right on this as I was told this when I was doing some research:

Stay away from % when comparing bulbs. You need to refer to the flux measurement and compare those not %'s. You can have 2 different bulbs that have the same % but be completely different strengths.

I was just refering to my Wolff Product Info Guide and take a look at this example:

Velocity 100W - UVB 1.1 UVA 26.7 Total 27.8 UVB=3.95% UVA=96%
Bronzing Sun Plus - UVB 1.1 UVA 28.2 Total 29.3 UVB=3.75% UVA=96.25%

The Velocity bulb seems to be a better bulb because it is higher UVB but they are both actually pushing out the exact same amount of UVB light. The Bronzing Sun bulbs are actually probably a better browning bulb because the higher amounts of UVA.

Just thought i would help out as I have done a lot of research on bulbs and how to differentiate them as there is so much out there these days to choose from.


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You did your figures right as far as UVA/UVB and total UV. Just because a lamp has more UVB, doesn't mean its a better LAMP. In my opionion for all when choosing a lamp you need to consider the unit you are putting the lamp in, reflector or non-reflector and the most important thing to me is "what are you trying to achieve in results for your customers". Also purchase a quality lamp with longevity so you don't need to change lamps so often. If you need any help on lamps, I'm willing to help you. PM me if you need more. John can also help you.
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canadiantanguy,

You are correct, UVB% is not the best way to measure a lamp. Either is flux. I was just pointing out the fact that Velocity is not a 5% UVB lamp.

Not all manufacturers use flux to measure lamps, nor do they all publish the same info. So it makes it hard for a salon owner to determine on his own which lamp is better. But when distributors are telling salon owners that the Velocity is 5% or 7% UVB it is just bogus info that the average salon owner thinks is the truth!

You can certainly have a 5% UVB lamp be 30 minutes & another be 15 minutes. It all has to do with where the UVB is positioned in the Spectrum & the lamps total UV output.

Lamp A can have 30 Watts of total UV & 5% UVB = 1.5 watts of UVB
Lamp B can have 25 Watts of total UV & 5% UVB = 1.25 watts of UVB

Both lamps are 5% UVB but one is going to be much stronger than the other!

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John, in my level 2 42 lamp 100 watt reflector lamps.
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