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UV lamp/free shipping any order?
#1
I am not familiar with UV lamps. I see there are several with different watts from different stores. Some as low as 6 watts. What do the watts mean? I only look at them as a starter lamp because I have never used one or know how to use it. What's the average watts that is used for UV lamps?

Is there ever free shipping on any orders? I am not sure I'll make such a high order to get free shipping. A nail form is about $2.95, but it is $9.95 at Sally. Nail form $2.95+ shipping will be the same cost as Sally.
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#2
Are you a beauty/nail tech of any kind yet?
A UV lamp is an ultraviolet lamp used for curing nail gels/gel polish. Personally, I have never seen a 6 watt and not sure that would work for gel - most range from 9 -36 watts (using 9 watt bulbs ...so that would be 1 - 4 bulbs). A watt is the power usage of the bulb (although we have come to think of it more as the light output of the bulb - which isn't correct but for this application it really doesn't matter) - think of a 75 watt bulb you might use in a reading lamp. The power put out by the 'watts' is what cures the gel product - you need enough of it to do the job.
The UV bulbs are much smaller versions of what a tanning bed would use.
Sally usually does free shipping on orders of $50 or more ...or maybe you can just go in person to a Sally ...HTH Shy
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#3
This info hasn't been addressed in school? I'm concerned if you don't have an understanding of the lamp you could burn yourself or a client using it incorrectly-- Are you a student?
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#4
Yes, I have had a license for a couple of years. I haven't worked much in the field. At my school, they talked about gels a bit from the book. They did not have gels supplies at all or teach it at all. Just natural manicures/pedicures and acrylics. I know someone who also has a license and can teach me how to use one. Maybe I should ask her Smile. I still don't know why I would need 9 watts vs. 36 watts. I have got to start learning somewhere though. I 'd like to learn to use Shellac. One at a time. It seems that Shellac would be easier to start with.
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#5
When I first started using gels, I was confused about 9 watts vrs 36 watts too - but it's easy to over think it which I was doing. Using a lamp with 36 watts assures that all fingers are receiving adequate exposure with proper placement of the hand inside the lamp. With 9 watts only, you have to do the thumb separate because it's a smaller lamp and the whole hand will not fit ...someone correct me if I got that wrong - this is my understanding.
I think any gel polish line would be a good place to start - that's where I started and what I mostly do ...I'm still learning to sculpt but don't do acrylic at all and don't want to. I'm a cosmetologist rather than a nail tech so the gel polish is service I can add in addition to hair services
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#6
Lorbie,
Quote:With 9 watts only, you have to do the thumb separate because it's a smaller lamp and the whole hand will not fit

not quite right.. the 9w (single bulb) is just not enough to cure certain brands properly

Right now the Star LED/UV Dual Cure lamp is on sale $250 $150 - $100 savings! and the shipping is free on all orders over $75 - that includes items from Star International, Cuccio Naturale (including the brand new Veneer LED cured gel polish) and Cinapro Nail Art

Click the image to learn more about the lamp
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Naisl4ever - working with gel polishes, whether it be Shellac, Veneer or any other brand is totally different from working with soak off gels or hard gels! But you are correct it is a good starting point!

Try this article to help understand the difference between the 3 types of gels:
Gel Types - Descriptions
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#7
(07-23-2013, 08:13 AM)BeautyTech.com Wrote: Lorbie,
Quote:With 9 watts only, you have to do the thumb separate because it's a smaller lamp and the whole hand will not fit

not quite right.. the 9w (single bulb) is just not enough to cure certain brands properly


thanks for correcting me on that! see ...I asked this question I thought - when I joined and that was never told to me - TYVM!

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#8
Welcome.. the lamps are confusing enough as it is Smile add now the LED stuff and your head will spin!!
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#9
I have a 6 watt lamp I only use it for Angel Love or Simply Organic nails---anything higher isn't used for this system.... traditionally a 36 Watt is good- I love my LED lamp the most!!!
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#10
Purchase the lamp recommended by the manufacturer of the product you plan to buy. They are a complete system and work together. That way you won't have to guess if your product is cured correctly. If you are just starting out using UV cured products, this is one less thing you need to worry about.
Laura Merzetti
http://www.scratchmyback.ca
CND Education Ambassador
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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#11
speaking of LED lights....I saw a you-tube video on gels and they were using an LED light and said it cures much faster. is that the way to go these days?
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