What is the difference between a 110v tanning bed and a 220v tanning bed? Which type of tanning bed is more powerful? Will the use of tanning beds have a big effect my electric bill? These questions are some of the most frequently asked regarding tanning beds.
Tanning beds are increasingly becoming more popular. A lot of people visit tanning salons to get an even and longer lasting tan. Some individuals even purchase their own tanning beds and have it set up in their homes for them to be able to get their tans in their own personal space and at their own time.
Simply put, a 110 or a 120 volt current is the standard home current in most American homes and tanning beds with this specified voltage can be plugged directly into the wall. Most home tanning beds are designed with this specific voltage to cater to this standard home voltage.
On the other hand, 220 volts are usually specified for most of the commercial tanning beds used in salons today. These 220 volt design tanning beds use a German design that is very sensitive. If plugged into a standard American outlet, these tanning beds will not work and you might void the warranty of the bed.
A transformer must be used to convert the voltage and allow it to reach a voltage of about 220 or 230 volts. For those looking to use 220 volt tanning beds, be careful. These tanning beds are not exactly designed for the American market. These 220 volt tanning beds are specifically catered to the European market which requires 220 volts at 50 hertz for its supply of power.
As stated earlier, some tanning beds that run on 220 volts are very sensitive and may not function if the power source does not come between 220 volts and 230 volts. You must be careful in using these types of tanning beds and make sure that you have a buck boost transformer installed by a certified electrician to avoid having your warranty voided.
What are buck boost transformers for tanning beds?
Buck boost transformers convert and regulate the voltage flow of your tanning beds. These transformers are used only if the line voltage at your home, or wherever you intend to plug in your tanning bed, has a voltage of less than 210 volts and above 230 volts. If your outlet has a voltage line of 110 volts, then you will not need a buck boost transformer.
To check on what type of line voltage you have, try testing it using a volt meter or better yet, hire a licensed electrician to test it. You can also call the power company in your locality and inquire about your line voltage.
So what the difference between 110v and 220v tanning beds?
To address the question on which is more powerful when it comes to performance, there is no disparity at all between these two types of tanning beds. Large industrial type motors may run better when used with a 220 volt power supply; however, tanning lamps do not have any moving parts, so the voltage of the power will not affect the performance of the tanning beds.
The performance of tanning beds depends on the quality of the electronics used in the manufacturing of the bed and not the voltage. If the tanning bed you are using or are planning to purchase is made with quality materials, then you should have no problem. On the other hand, if the tanning bed you are considering is made with materials and electronics that are not of very high quality, then you might be in trouble.
As for the issue on the increase of electric bills due to the use of tanning beds, the increase on your electrical bill depends on the tanning bed you are using. On the average, the use of tanning beds will increase the amount by about 8 to 15 cents for every tanning session.