Nail lamps are essential in any professional salon, necessary for both traditional polish and gel setting. Therefore, this nail lamp buying guide will address the main factors you should consider when buying a curing lamp for drying your gels.
Picking a nail lamp is dependent on the gel polishes you use. The gel polishes you use will either be LED or UV. LED lamps only cure LED specific gel polish brands whereas a UV lamp will cure most gel polishes. But the LED lamp is much faster than the UV lamp. In addition, the best lamps would combine the best of both LED and UV curing lamps.
You do not want a lamp that takes forever to dry your nails. Generally, LED lamps are faster, while UV lamps are slower. LED lamps to work in a narrow light spectrum so it allows you to cure nails in around 30-60 seconds, whereas UV lamps can take around 2-3 minutes to cure. The mixed UV LED lamps to combine the better of the two types. You also should check what preset time controls does the lamp have: 15s, 30s, 45s, 60s, and 90s?
UV and LED lamps are usually light and easy to transport, however, LED lamps are typically lighter than UV lamps. If you are a mobile nail beautician and are looking for something lighter and easier to move around, a LED lamp might be a better option for you.
Typically, the higher the wattage rating, the better the curing efficiency and the faster the drying time. For example, curing MelodySusie's any type of gel polish with our Pro60w nail lamp only needs 15s.
The bulb life of LED and UV lamps are significantly different. Whilst UV lamps have a bulb-life of 1000 hours and usually need replacing every six months, LED lamps to last for around 50,000 hours so you never need to replace the bulb.
The price of nail lamps is obviously dependent on the brand you go for and your budget. However, the good news is that most of the currently available mixed UV LED lamps are reasonably priced.