With so many lamps to choose from where do you start?
Step 1: Look at your existing lamp. Almost all sun tanning lamps will have a size designation or part number on the end of the lamp, many times this will be above or below the warning label.
Example: F71T12/BL/HO 5.0 BP
F = Fluorescent or FR = Fluorescent Reflector
|Lamp Description Size||Base Type||Length of Base Face to Base Face, |
Do Not Include RDC Cap or Pins
|F59 or FR59||Bipin||58.88" to 59"|
|F71 or FR71 or 1.8M||Bipin||69" to 69.25"|
|F72 or FR72||RDC||68.88" to 69"|
|F73 or FR73||RDC||70"|
|F74 or FR74||RDC||70.88" to 71"|
|F75 or FR75 or 1.9M||Bipin||74.625"|
|FR78 or FR79 or 2M||Bipin||78.625"|
T12 = Most tanning lamps are T12, the T is for Tubular & the 12 is the diameter measured in 1/8”. So 12/8ths would equal 1 ½ ” diameter.
BL = Stands for Black Light, all tanning lamps are a form of Black Light
HO = Intensity, HO is high output 80-120W, VHO is very high output 140-220W
An HO lamp will not work in a VHO application & vice versa.
5.0 = UVB %, This will vary in 100W lamps from 1.5% to 9.5%, the higher the UVB in a 100W lamp the shorter the exposure time. 1.5% = 30 minutes & 9.5% = 10 minutes.
BP = End cap designation will be either BP for Bi-pin or RDC for Recessed Double Contact.
Step 2: Look at the exposure schedule/warning label on your tanning unit.
Every tanning bed comes with an exposure sticker located on the front rail or near the timer. You can find your original lamp information on this sticker.
Step 3: Still not sure what you need? Give us call at 800-247-3251 & we will be glad to help you find the proper lamps for your tanning unit.