Knowing the facts will help you make better decisions about which lamps to use.

Give customers faster tanning results and your salon will profit.

Today’s tanners demand deep, dark tans and awesome results.  Successful salon owners demand Radiance!


Q: How do I know how long a lamp will last?

A: Lamp manufacturers have a Rated Lifetime for their lamps, a figure based on lab tests performed in ideal conditions.

Hint: A lamp’s useful tanning life is approximately 70% of the rated lifetime.

Q: How do I maximize the life of my lamps?

A: Excess heat is a lamp’s biggest enemy. Heat damage will cause a lamp to degrade faster, not meet maximum tanning potential, and lower life.

Q: What causes excess heat and how can I fix it?

A: Excess voltage, poor ventilation, not enough air conditioning, debris build-up, small room, or failed fans are possible causes of excess heat. See the excess heat chart below in the Tips section.

Q: Is there anything else that will maximize my lamps’ tanning potential?

A: Making sure your acrylics are not blocking UV transmission. Clean reflective panels (if applicable) periodically. This keeps them free from build-up. Replace starters at every other lamp change. Excludes electronic starters. See the excess heat chart below in the Tips section.

Q: What does TE & TM mean to me?

A: TE- The time it takes to achieve 4 MED’s or a typical tanning session. TM- The time it takes melanin to oxidize beneath the skin’s surface.

Q: How do I determine what lamp I need to replace my OEM* lamps?

A: Call any of our knowledgeable sales representatives and they can help you with FDA compatibility and pricing information.


Radiance wants you to get the most out of your lamps, so we have listed solutions to common excess heat problems and other ways to maximize lamp potential.

Heat Source

Potential Solutions

Excess Voltage

Voltage should be checked regularly to ensure your equipment is operating according to manufacturer's electrical requirements. Install buck boost transformers if necessary, or consult your electrician and / or local power company.

Poor Ventilation

Consult a licensed HVAC technician to check your exhaust and return air system. Air pumped in must be exhausted. Install partition walls, louvered doors, etc.

Not Enough A/C

Be sure you have enough air conditioning to cool your total square footage (including lobby, laundry, office, etc). Air requirements for each tanning unit vary from 0.5 ton - 2 tons per unit.

Debris Build-Up

Clean and replace filters, clean dust and debris from all fan blades, reflector surfaces, and lamps.

Small Room

Expand room or relocate unit to larger room to provide more space for air circulation.

Failed Fans

Replace failed fans immediately! Running unit with failed fans can cause acrylics to warp, develop severe hot spots, etc.


Suggested Action


Clean acrylics thoroughly. Change acrylics when they block UV transmission, not just when they break.


If your unit has reflective panels behind the lamps, clean them during every lamp change. This keeps them free of build up and dust.


If applicable, replace starters at every other lamp change (exception: electronic starters).

Lamp Holders

Replace when they appear black or smoky, or have become excessively loose or brittle.