The Levels of Tanning Beds

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Tanning has come a long way in the last few decades. At the start of the trend, there was only one level. Today however, tanners can choose from a variety of levels which differ by the amount of pressure and UV rays that the bulbs in the bed or stand-up unit produce. Typically, the higher the level, the lower the UV rays. Earlier, tanning beds came with 24, 26 or 32 lamps. Today, salons offer bigger beds and super quick tanning options.

Standard Tanning Bed
The standard beds or level one beds are those that are higher in UV rays than the higher level options and are economical. These beds will have anywhere from 24 to 32 lamps, and while they are the most economical, you might need to repeat visits more often to achieve the tan you are looking for or to maintain your tan.

Medium Pressure Bed

A medium pressure bed offers 35 to 54 lamps depending upon the salon and is thought to give brown tan with less maintenance. These beds offer almost half the amount of UV rays as the standard beds and are typically visited by tanners two to three times per week.

High Pressure Level 3

Containing approximately 60 lamps depending upon the salon, this level tans you in about 10 minutes. Additionally, the lamps are 160W Reflector lamps which offer some of the lowest amount of UV rays. These beds are quite popular as a tanner can develop a deep tan in just four or five sessions.

High Pressure Level 4

This bed is the most expensive as, once you obtain your base tan, you only need two to three visits per month to maintain it. This bed blocks out 99.5 percent of UV rays. It is suggested to alternate use of this type of bed with the Level 3 bed for maximum effect and faster tanning.


Such methods of tanning increase your chances of contracting melanoma. Those below the age of 35 who use tanning beds have a 75 percent risk of becoming afflicted with the disease. In fact, it is now a wide spread belief that tanning beds are able to cause skin cancer, which is something to be thought about deeply.