UV nail lamps have become increasingly popular in nail salons due to their ability to cure gel polish faster than traditional methods. These lamps emit a wide spectrum of UV light, usually 36 watts of power, with each bulb containing 9 W or less. On the other hand, LED lamps require much less energy to achieve the same result, usually only 9 or 24 watts. LED lights emit light wavelengths of 365 nanometers, while UV gel lamps emit around 350 nanometers. This allows LED lamps to dry gel polish in a matter of seconds, while UV lamps take a bit longer.
Although exposure to UV rays has been shown to cause minimal or no damage to the skin, LED lamps are a safer option as they do not use UV light and therefore pose no risk. Some gel polishes are formulated for use only with UV nail lamps, while others require LED light. The advantage of curing lamps that emit shorter wavelengths is that gels that cure in the UV range cure much better. This makes them a great choice for those who want to achieve professional-looking results without having to spend too much time or money. When it comes to energy consumption, LED lamps are the clear winner. They require much less energy than UV lamps and can save you money in the long run.
However, if you're looking for a more powerful lamp that can cure gels quickly and efficiently, then a UV lamp may be the better option. No matter which type of lamp you choose, it's important to remember that both LED and UV nail lamps can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Be sure to follow all safety instructions and wear protective eyewear when using either type of lamp.