LED vs. UV: By Rise’ Carter
I spent a good deal of time researching the new LED lights to cure light-cured nail products. There has been quite some buzz on this new gel technology, but is it all hype?
I wanted to find out, but I had a difficult time even finding sources to purchase the LED light here in the United States. There seems to be very few companies that sell them. Is it because I heard that when they initially came out, they were quite expensive? If my memory serves me correctly, they were at least double a regular full hand UV lamp. So that would make it close to $500.00 – $600.00 each. They supposedly cure in half the time without heat. The heat that can occur during a regular gel service is from the type and amount of photo initiator, and also depending on the health of the natural nail on the client. Some light-cured nail products can be cured in both LED and UV lamps, which most likely means they contain two different photo initiators in their formulations.
Apparently with LED lamps, you never need new bulbs. They stay good for “life”. Does that mean my life or the life of the lamp? Just as a comparison, you could buy our new Versa Cure UV Bonding Lamp (probably the most reasonably priced high-quality UV lamp on the market) and 5 ½ years worth of replacement bulbs for the price of an LED lamp. Depending on how long the lamp lasts, it could potentially be a money saver.
I would imagine the price of the LED lamp is bound to come down, like all new technology. Although LED technology has been around since the mid 1960’s and is used in indicator lamps in cars and even airplanes – it is still new to the nail industry.
Now, as far as it being a time saver, I’m not exactly convinced. It takes 50% less time to cure theproduct. This would not be a benefit for me unless I am doing a demonstration on one nail. I just simply don’t work that quickly. I work on one hand while the other one cures, and if it cures in less than a minute….it will be finished curing before I have a chance to add another layer of product to the other hand.
I would love to hear from nail techs that have switched to an LED lamp and get first hand feedback of what you like and don’t like, or if you feel it was worth the investment or not. Please comment below or start a conversation on our Facebook page.
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