Sunbed tubes information

Read more background information about sunbed tubes and facial tanning lamps.

Sunbed and canopy

Tanning sunbeds and canopies are always equipped with long tubes. They look like traditional TL tubes. Lenght of the lamps may vary from 150cm to 200cm. Standard and most common lenght in home tanning equipment is 176cm, Some measure little less or more but there is only lenght in this area so you cannot make a mistake here. It might however be the case that your sunbed or canopy is an extended version with 190cm or even 200cm. It goes without saying that you alway have to check the lenght of the lamps in your equipment and that you have to order the same lenght.

Some tanning beds or canopies are provided with a separate facial tanning unit. This part gives extra UV power tot he face which traditionally is the part of the body tanning slower than the rest. There are various version each with their own type of lamp.

  1. Integrated facial part in the normal UV lamps. This is actually not a separat facial tanning unit since the facial part is built in the normal UV lamp. When lighting up the facial part will show another color and has a higher UV output. You need the so called DUOTAN lamp. Advantage is that you can have a facial tanning unit in every canopy also if you do not have it right now. Just order some DUOTAN lamps among the others.
  2. Normal facial tanning unit with PL-L. Here mostly 4 PL-L lamps (kind of double lamp) are in between the normal lamps to support your face. There also may be some 15W 29cm lamps or 25W 52cm UV lamps in between the normal lamps. Most of the time these facial tanning units are separately switchable but not always.
  3. High pressure facial tanning unit. These canopies do have a separate unit (mostly a bleu colored square part) and this unit is always seperately switchable. For the facial tanner you need the so called HPA lamp. A small very powerfull lamp. For this canopies you almost always will need 2 separate lenght of normal lamps. Under the facial tanner unit mostly the 150cm 80W lamp.

A starter is needed for every lamp in order to ignit the lamp. Only exception is when your unit is equipped with electronic ballasts. Actually thats only the case with the BBWC 9212 Facial tanner. Almost al tanning beds and canopies need starters for every lamp. How faster the lamp ignits the shorter the flickering the longer the lifetime. We recommend to change the starters at the same time as you replace the lamps,. Every lamp has its own starter. Always be sure that the wattage of your lamp is covered by the starter. Our FS12 starter has a reach from 80W to 160W. All lamps with a wattage in between will ignit. For HPA lamps no separate starter is needed.

Facial tanner

The lamps for a facial tanning unit (so only for face, neckline and or decolete) are quite similar tot he normal tanning lamps but of course much shorter and most of the time much thinner. Most commonly used facial tanner lamp is the 15W lamp with a length of 29cm. Depending on you facial tanner you will need 4 up to 12 lamps (BBWC 9212). In some facial tanner units there is a HPA lamp and in that case its always only one lamp. Replacement of the lamp in general is very easy.

These starters looks similar to the ones for normal tanning lamps but the wattage is different. For most common lamp of 15W and 29cm you can use our own brand S2 or the more expensive Philips S2 both with a reach of 4W to 22W.

Important, for the BBWC or previously the Eurosolar 9212 12 tubes facial tanner you do not need starters since this product has electronic ballasts. In all other cases you need starters for each lamp one. Also here incase your facial tanner has a HPA lamp you do not need a starter.


You need more information on tanning lamps? You want to know which type of lamp belongs to your sunbed or canopy and is most appropriate for your skin?? You can find most of the information on the website but always feel free to contact us.

We have also made a short manual to easily select your own tanning lamps:  Sunbed tubes buying guide: skin type and tanning schedule