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Wolff Tanning Bed

Updated on March 31, 2010

For better or for worse, tanning sunbeds are here to stay.  This is simply due to a very high demand for these products.  People are willing to take risks in order to be tanned...  It's as simple as that.  I know that in my neck of the woods, there are a ton of new commercial tanning salons popping up all the time.  Now, understandably, this rise in popularity has led to a lot of interest in these devices.  With many people wanting to sell these sunbeds and their uses, there is a ton of false information on the Internet.  One thing that seems to confuse people revolves around the term "Wolff Tanning Bed".  This article will try and shed some light on this subject.

We're going to start at the beginning here.  In 1978, Friedrich Wolff introduced the modern tanning bed to America.  This is the low pressure commercial machine that really hasn't changed that much since it first came to our great country.  Now, contrary to popular belief, Mr. Wolff didn't actually make tanning beds in the states.  Nope - He just sold the lamp and bulb technology to other companies - who then fabricated the sunbed's we're so familiar with.  Nowadays, this company is known as "Wolff Systems" and deals with nothing except sun lamps.  Reputable companies like ETS Inc, Sun Industries, and SCA refuse to use anything except Wolff tanning lamps in their sunbeds.

The Wolff Tanning Bed Brand = Quality

This brings us to our next point:  Branding.  Wolff is now synonymous with quality in the tanning bed industry.  Due to this, companies that use Wolff lamps in their beds really feel the need to sell this point to their users.  If you're a tanner concerned about the quality of the bed you're using, read the next section carefully.

Any sun tanning bed that is armed with Wolff system lamps has a very specific tag on it.  It's the Wolff logo combined with the words "Wolff System".  This is a pretty good sign of a high quality bed.  If you visit tanning salons, do yourself a favor and make sure the beds in the salon have this tag on them.

Be wary if the tag is "Powered By Wolff".  This is a tactic used by folks who don't necessarily always use Wolff lamps.  If you're not sure whether all the components in your sunbed of choice are of a high quality, ask someone who does know.  You want to make sure that your skin is getting the best possible type of UBA/UVB ray.

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