F71 Bi-Pin and F73 RDC Tanning Lamps
About F71 Bi-Pin and F73 RDC
Early tanning beds produced in the US used F73 RDC lamps operated by 2-lamp rapid start ballasts. Today the majority of tanning beds use pre-heat systems and F71 bi-pin lamps. Both are still in use however, so refer to the diagram above to determine which bulb you have. F59 lamps are shorter and are used with beds with facial CHP cartud.
If you need help in selecting a bulb, please do not hesitate to call us for help. 866-278-1292.
To maximized lamp life and get the most from your tanning bulbs:
Be sure you are using the correct voltage. Make sure the bed's cooling system is operating correctly. Excessive heat can reduce lamp life by half. Properly maintain fans, reflectors and acrylics in accordance to manufacturer's guidelines.
Proper seating of tanning bed bulbs in their sockets is vital. Poor seating can lead to poor electrical contact between lamp and socket and can significantly shorten the life of any lamp. An old or worn out starter can dramatically shorten the life of a much more expensive lamp. Minor instabilities such as "snaking" or "swirling" can sometimes be corrected by turning the tanning bulbs on and off a few times after you install them.
Bulbs that are clean can improve UV output by as much as 10%! Therefore, make sure you clean your bulbs with a damp cloth on a regular basis. Do NOT use solvents! Also, an old or dirty tanning bed acrylic (the clear plastic material you actually lay on) can filter out over 10% of the UVA that is trying to get through, and over 50% of the UVB that is so vital for a tan! (Sunco offers Australian Gold Cleaner for cleaning the acrylic and Novus Acrylic Polish to help remove fine scratches.)
Always remember to wear protective eyewear.