Nail lamps are an important piece of equipment that are used by professional nail technicians to cure gel nail polish. With a vast variety of nail lamps now available in market, we have put together the top 3 things you should consider when choosing to buy a nail lamp.
1) The wavelength of the lamp
Within a particular wavelength of UV light, there is a variation of UV intensity. Ensuring your lamp produces the optimal amount of UV intensity is an important step in making sure your nail lamp will cure nails correctly.
2) Ensuring the amount of photoinitiator in your gel polish and nail products match
The photoinitiator is the element that reacts with the UV light in nail lamps.
For both the wavelength and photoinitiator, every nail brand will have different wavelengths and amounts of photoinitiator in their products. With mixed brands and lamps, you run the risk of undercuring and overcuring. This in turn will put your clients at risk of allergic reactions. To avoid this, we suggest using the lamp that is recommended by the product brand you are using. For example, if you are using Surmanti Gel Nail products, we strongly recommend using the Surmanti LED UV Gel Lamp. We have created our gel lamps specifically for our nail products, ensuring you will always be providing clients with perfectly cured long lasting gel nails.
3) Is the lamp LED or UV?
Both LED and UV lamps produce UV wavelengths. However, the type of wavelengths that both produce are different. LED lamps produce a more targeted number of wavelengths, focusing on specific photoinitiators in the gel polish, enabling the gel to cure. In contrast, UV lamps produce a more broader spectrum of wavelengths.
Like any bulb, over time with use, the intensity diminishes. This means that though the lamp states the bulbs will last 50,000 hours, the intensity of the UV inside will fade, meaning the curing will start to reduce affecting the end results.
When deciding to choose a LED lamp or UV lamp consider the following:
- Cost – In general, LED lamps usually cost more than UV lamps, although LED lamps typically last longer
- LED lamps tend to have a faster cure time than UV light
In conclusion, it is important that when choosing the right nail lamp, you keep in mind the nail products you are using. This will ensure they perfectly compliment the nail lamp you decide to buy, ensuring less risk of chipping, allergic reactions and longevity will be at its best.
Surmanti have a range of nail products and materials used by professionals. If you are a professional nail technician visit https://surmantiwholesale.nz/ to view our product range.