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What is Solarium?

Originally suntan was seen as something negative and dealt with socially “inferior” people. In the past being tanned meant to spent a lot of time outside, condition in which typically sailors and peasants were. Nobles had the chance to stay in closed places and their paleness, often emphasized by the makeup of the period, showed their privileged status.

Only with the coming of Industrial Revolution and with the development in service industry, suntan became something positive and it became synonym of a social condition which allows us to do sport in the open air and to go on holyday to exotic places.

It was in this time when the first solariums were born, almost at the end of the 70s. So, while the first sun beds for beauty centers were built in Germany, suntan acquired more and more the value of prestige which surrounds it till now. Hollywood actors and all the people belonging to a richer status were tanned (easy to remember the young Sean Connery in 007).

Solarium Technology developed more and more reaching the peak of success as far as security and performances are concerned.

How does a Solarium work?

Basically, the main principle deals with the one of some lamps (which can be high or low pressure sunlamps) which emit UV. These UV are the responsible of the skin reaction called suntan.

The technology used to turn on these lamps is similar to the one used for lighting (obviously with different wattages), with the difference that here there are some complications. First of all, the heat sunlamps reach , which could be very high and it must be checked with complicated airing systems. As lamps, also filters (in high pressure solariums) can heat up a lot. In this case too , the solarium system must be able to dissipate heat because, in case of breakdown of the filter, the consequences could be serious and they could lead non-filtered light to exit with risks of sunburns

Lastly, we should take into account the comforts for the people who use the solarium. The body must be well cooled down and the light must be uniform on the whole customer’s body, in order not to have more tanned areas.

It is obvious that the security of the solarium, area in which electronics has helped us in the last years, plays  a fundamental role. All the last versions of Solarium Smart have devices which block the machine in the event of a breakdown.

UV Filter: How important is it and how does it work?

UV filter is surely one of the main components in a high pressure device. The haloids bulb which is situated on high pressure devices,  emits a lot of radiations, and some of them are harmful for the skin (for example UVC rays). It is for this reason that it is absolutely necessary to place a filter between the bulb and the user

UV filter allows us to choose the right mix of UV rays which flow from the sunlamp and to choose the suntan we want the device to give us.

That is why the UV filter determines the quality of the device.

 Why UVISOL filters?

Smart, which has always been specialized in the construction of high pressure devices, has decided that all the machines produced from 1st of April 2009 on, will exclusively have UVISOL95 filter. This filter, produced by the German Schott, leader  company in the realization of optical professional instruments, has the characteristics which differences it from all the other filters.

  1. Very high UV spectrum on UVA rays and low on UVB
  2. Low lightening in order to protect eyes from harmful consequences
  3. Low infrared radiation. Practically, the filter transmits the heat less than the classical blue filters

Using the filtering crystal UVISOL95 Desag, Smart devices can guarantee a constant and particular mix of A rays, with a very low  B component, present particularly in wavelength 313/314 (the closest to A rays), universally known as the less aggressive on our skin.

Smart Solarium is not the only business which uses UVISOL filters, others do (they usually rename the original name UVISOL with other commercial names), offering it as optional. Our merit is to place UVISOL filters on our equipment.

All this is because the quality of suntan is not an optional and skin protection too.