Light Source and Design
What is a light source? A tanning bed is only as good as the combination of its components. The quality of these components has a direct impact on the quality of your tan. In this article, we will consider some of the components of a tanning bed and why they are important to keep in mind when selecting a tanning bed.
There are three basic types of light sources – incandescent, natural light sources including overhead or recessed lights and fluorescent, and HID light sources. Bulbs are used to evenly distribute and disperse the ultraviolet (UV) light that is emitted by tanning beds. Bulbs are also used to control the brightness of the tanning bed environment. When choosing bulbs, remember that incandescent bulbs are less damaging than HID bulbs, especially for people who suffer from photo-aging. Bulbs that use tungsten are the most effective at providing a safe tan without damaging skin.
Aside from the bulb that you will use, the type of lighting fixture is also an important consideration. You can purchase different types of fixtures, including recessed, downlight, table top, or ceiling fixtures. If you plan to use a ceiling fixture, make sure that it is compatible with the ceiling height. A downlight fixture provides a clear, uniform coverage over a tanning bed area. Make sure that your lighting fixture will be easy for you to access. It is best to choose a lighting fixture that you can easily access.
Once you have decided on your lighting design, the power source to operate the fixture should be considered as well. The power supply for tanning fixtures should be appropriate according to the size of the device. For example, if you plan to tan in a room with three to four feet of clearance, a tanning bed accessory unit that uses two to four AA batteries is ideal. For larger rooms, a stronger unit is required, so look for a supplier who can provide a spare set of batteries.
One important factor to consider when purchasing a light source is its operating characteristics. The power supplied to the tanning bed fixture should provide enough power to properly emit and distribute the ultraviolet (UV) light. The lamp light output should be comfortable and efficient for you to use. The color of the light source should be appropriate to the space it is installed in. It is best to consult with a professional or an expert in outdoor lighting before making a purchase.
Type of Bulbs
Bulbs are an essential part of the light source. Most fixtures today come in tints, white, or colors that can be used to create an array of hues depending on your specific needs. Bulb type selection should be done carefully. For instance, a white bulb will not create an intense white beam in a clear room; therefore, you might need to install several types of tints or colored lights in order to achieve the desired effect. Other lighting fixtures are available for underwater lighting requirements; therefore, make sure that the fixture selected can function in all the conditions.
Location and Positioning
Outdoor lighting fixtures should be carefully considered based on their location and position. If you need to situate your light fixtures on a porch, choose a location that offers good visibility from both sides. If you need to install the fixtures on the ground, choose a place where you can cover them with a cover during inclement weather. Knowing your exact positioning is very important, as you can avoid any unpleasant situation by choosing a lighting design that is properly installed.
Consider Your Space: One of the most important aspects of the lighting design is the size of the area that you plan to illuminate. Lamps require more space than other light sources, so it is vital that you know your exact space requirements. A general rule to follow is that the larger the area you want illuminated, the bigger the fixture should be. Bulb type selection will also be affected by the area; for instance, compact fluorescent bulbs require more space than standard incandescent lamps do.