At a recent regional tanning trade event, I was speaking with others in the lamp maintenance business, comparing lamp “troubleshooting” stories. We agreed that one of the most common problems is that a lot of salon operators do not replace lamp starters as often as they should.
Most tanning systems are equipped with glow-bottle lamp starters. They are fairly inexpensive and need to be replaced at every other lamp change, or at least after every 6,000 starts. The rated life of these starters is 6,000 starts on average (some less; some more). When you turn the tanning system on, the lamps typically flicker a couple of times and then light.
Some basic troubleshooting tips:
With an electronic starter, the power builds up and then the lamps light without any flickering. Electronic starters are gentler on the lamp and can reduce some of the end-darkening. You can expect a minimum life of ten years. Electronic starters may cost a little more than glow-bottle starters, but the life and benefits far outweigh the expense. Remember, a bad starter can quickly destroy a good lamp!
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