During a recent sunlamp training session with a tanning product distributor, Team Wolff encountered a sales staff that was confused as how to answer the question, “What does a UVB% mean?” There is no industry standard for determining a sunlamp’s UVB percentage, just as there is no industry standard for determining the tingle factor of a tanning lotion. For example, a Tingle Factor 30 from Company A may perform completely differently than a Tingle Factor 30 from Company B. However, you know within the lotion lines from Company A that their TF30 is stronger than their TF20, and the same goes for Company B; however, you can’t compare Company A’s tingle to Company B’s tingle.
The UVB% is a common method of “rating” sunlamps, but is only a relative figure and tells us very little about a lamp’s tanning power, effectiveness or useful life.
Michael Stepp joined Wolff System as President in 1998, bringing years of lighting industry experience with GTE Sylvania, Osram Sylvania and Philips. Married for 38 years, he has a daughter and granddaughter.
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