If you tan regularly and plan on doing so for some time, you may be saving money in the long run by purchasing your own tanning bed. A domestic grade tanning bed wouldn’t be the same piece of equipment as the commercial ones you see in salons, but they will still have the same effect as their more industrial style counterparts.
Comfort and Convenience
For some people, having the privacy to undress and tan in their own home is a good enough reason on its own to get their own bed. For others, perhaps the idea of who knows how many other people lying on that same bed is unsettling for them. Or maybe it’s just a time saving factor and you don’t want to drive to the salon, wait for a bed to be available, or have to make appointments days in advance. Tanning when you want, day or night, can be a big reason for deciding to buy your own bed.
When you work out the costs of buying minutes or tanning packages from a salon and compare that to the price of owning your own bed over an extended period of time, you’ll see that if you’re an avid tanner, you’re actually saving money by having your own equipment. There will be additional costs such as replacement bulbs and electricity bills that you’ll need to pay for, but in the long run you’re still saving in comparison to tanning at a salon.
Bed and Bulb Maintenance
The bulbs on your home bed will have to be replaced occasionally. They can usually last for up to about 1000 hours of use. Depending on your usage and the number of people using the bed, 1000 hours of use could mean changing the bulbs roughly every 4-5 years. Special cleaning products will also be required to clean the bulbs, but this doesn’t have to be done very often and the maintenance is generally pretty simple.
Safety and Precautions
When owning your own bed it could be tempting to tan longer or more often than you should. This could lead to skin damage and possible health issues. Getting a bed with a timer or using a clock timer is an excellent way to limit your exposure. It’s also a good idea to tan no more than once in a 24 hour period.
While the commercial types of beds are usually built with more lamps and may give you a quicker tan, the same types of bulbs are used in domestic beds so you’re still getting the same quality of UV exposure and an equally beautiful tan. If you have the space to store a bed and tan enough to make the investment worth it, buying a home tanning bed could be the right decision for you.