The Basic Mechanism Of A Tanning Bed
A tanning bed, whether commercial or for home use operates on basically the same principle and mechanism. The clamshell-like tanning bed is available in a variety of models and can accommodate various body types. It is generally made up of a steel frame. There are tanning bulbs of wattages ranging between 100-160 and their number may run from 24-46.
The person has to lie down on a bed of Plexiglas and pull over covers. The light hits the body from below as well as above the Plexiglas cover. The amount of radiation that a person will receive depends upon the the number of bulbs, their power and the individual skin type. Nowadays, most of the devices emit UVA rays rather than UVB rays. These rays are actually more harmful and damaging.
A tanning bed also features a timing mechanism which regulates the amount of time for which a person receives radiation. Also, many of them feature safety cut-off mechanism so that the equipment can be switched off in case of an emergency or a malfunction.
For a tanning bed to keep functioning efficiently, it is necessary that all its individual components keep working in optimum condition. For example, the lamps which are the most important thing in a tanning bed. They have to be replaced after every few years just like normal light bulbs. Keeping the bulbs clean by wiping them regularly increases their efficiency up to 10 %. Different lamps are available depending on the make and the model of the bed. Choose the one that is suitable for your bed.
The fans also have to be in proper working condition. Same of them have the acrylic sheets. There should not be any nicks and scratches on the surface of these acrylic sheets otherwise there could be more harm because of the UV rays.
To keep your bed working in the optimum condition, you need to conduct routine maintenance checks. By doing so you can make your tanning bed work more efficiently.