Wolff Tanning Beds were first introduced to the U.S. in 1979 by Friedrich Wolff. He used a proprietary blend of phosphors to create a fluorescent tube that approximated natural sunlight and caused tanning. Wolff obtained a patent on his bulb and began offering it to companies who wanted to manufacture tanning beds.
Although the first tanning lamp was invented in 1903, it was a high-pressure lamp very similar to the metal halide lamps used in greenhouses today. They were marketed in the 1920’s and 30’s as promoting tanning, health and wellness. Later in the 1980’s high pressure tanning beds began to make their way into the U.S. But it was Wolff who introduced tanning beds as most of us know it today.
Wolff Tanning Beds
Most people are familiar with Wolff tanning beds. But many would be surprised to find out that Wolff does not actually make tanning beds. Wolff Systems focused on bulb development. Since the patent on these lamps has expired any manufacturer can use Wolff lamps now.
But because of its name recognition companies like Sunquest and Sunvision obtain a license to use the Wolff name and to be able to display the Wolff Logo and use the term Wolff System. So when you see terms like Wolff Sunquest it means that it is manufactured by Sunquest and uses the Wolff System.
Tanning Salons and the FDA
The indoor tanning bed industry has been regulated by the FDA since its inception. This was to insure proper training and sanitation in commercial salons. It was also to regulate standardization of the lamps and establish exposure times and the use of tanning goggles. The new tanning tax is just the latest round of regulation.
Tanning Equipment Has Evolved
Wolff tanning beds have continued to evolve over the years. Advancements in lamp technology have made it possible to create tanning bulbs that produce higher levels of the more beneficial UVB rays. Red and blue light therapy is also being integrated into tanning lamps.
In response to much of the negative media attention the tanning industry has received, there has been a shift towards focusing on and enhancing the health benefits tanning beds can provide.
Stand Up Tanning Beds and Home Tanning
People who did not have room for a lay down style tanning bed can now fit one almost anywhere.
They provide better and faster tanning and sanitary issues have been greatly reduced since there is no direct contact with the tanning bed surfaces.
Home tanning beds have become increasingly popular. Many people are now buying home tanning systems in an effort to avoid the 10% tanning tax and ever-increasing government regulation.
Tanning Salon Disadvantages
Going to a tanning salon can be expensive, inconvenient and time-consuming. Some people have concerns about sanitation and privacy as well.
To maintain vitamin D levels you need about 10 to 15 minutes daily exposure. This means if you us a commercial tanning salon your life will revolve around their schedule.You will forever be juggling your time, looking for parking and paying Uncle Sam 10% on top of it all.
Home Tanning Beds Make Life Easier
Manufacturers have responded to this demand by producing smaller less expensive models. Most home tanning beds feature electronic ballasts to save energy and run on normal household current making installation simple. Home tanning beds use timers making indoor tanning safer than ever.
Home tanning eliminates the hassle and inconvenience of a tanning salon.
- Tan when it’s convenient for you
- No more worrying about sanitation
- Enjoy privacy
- Save money on gas and parking
- Stop paying the 10% tanning tax
- Save money long-term by having your own
Now you too can enjoy the health and cosmetic benefits of using Wolff tanning beds in the privacy and comfort of your own home.