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UV vs LED Nail Lamp -What Is The Difference?

At Mylee we stock both UV nail lamps and LED nail lamps. But what is the difference between the two types of lamps and which one should you opt for?


What is the Difference Between an LED and UV Nail Lamp?

Both LED and UV nail curing lamps produce light which cures gel polish. The main difference between the two lamps is the technology within them, the type of bulbs they contain, and the type of light they produce. 

UV lamps can take longer to cure your gel polish. Typically a layer of gel polish will take 2 minutes to fully cure. Whereas LED lamps, with their narrower wavelengths, can cure polish a lot quicker. An LED lamp can cure a layer of gel polish in just 30 seconds, or flash cure a nail art design in just 15 seconds. 

As the bulbs in these lamps are different they also last for a different amount of time. The bulbs in a UV lamp last for approximately 4,000 hours. The amount of time you have your lamp on for obviously can vary from person to person and how frequently they use their lamp, but this typically means the bulbs need to be replaced every 6 months or so. With a standard LED lamp your bulbs last for a LOT longer - from 5,000 to 10,000 hours. And for the Mylee Pro LED Lamp the bulbs last for a whopping 50,000 hours!

The Mylee Pro LED Lamp contains new convex curing technology. This means it has a curved design which helps the light emitted from the LED bulbs bounce around the lamp, and off the silver base, meaning the light reaches all parts of your nails at once, so your thumb and the sides of your nails will cure just as quickly at the top of your nails facing the bulbs. 


What Wattage is Best for a Gel Nail Lamp?

The wattage of your lamp can also have an effect on performance. The higher the wattage of your lamp, the faster curing it will provide. The wattage of most lamps is 36w. This is higher than regular lights, so it emits a brighter light, which will speed up the curing process.

Is LED or UV safer?

One common misconception about nail lamps is that only UV lamps emit UV light rays, and this is untrue. Both UV and LED lamps emit very small amounts of UV rays. While overexposure to UV rays has been known to cause damage to the skin, studies have found that the amount of UV rays emitted by a UV or LED lamp is very minimal and therefore nail lamps are safe to use.

Can you cure UV Gel with an LED lamp?

MyGel by Mylee gel nail polishes can be cured with both the Mylee Pro LED Lamp and the Mylee 36W UV Nail Lamp, and we would recommend using Mylee lamps to cure MyGel polish for guaranteed results. There are some gel polishes out there that are UV only gel polishes, so these will only cure under a UV lamp, and not an LED lamp.

Do UV or LED lamps work on regular nail polish?

One other thing to point out is that neither LED or UV lamps will cure or dry regular nail polish. Regular nail polish needs time to dry in the open air, and doesn’t cure or set like gel nail polish does.

Do nail salons use LED or UV lights?

Due to the updated technology in LED Lamps, they can last for longer and cure your gel manicure more quickly. Therefore most nail salons will use an LED Lamp to speed up their clients appointments. However this also means that LED Lamps can be more expensive than UV Lamps.

What is better, a UV or LED nail lamp?

Overall both UV and LED lamps are effective at giving you a flawless and beautiful gel manicure that will last weeks without chipping. Whether you go for a slightly more expensive LED lamp with a quicker curing time, or a slightly cheaper UV lamp that takes a little longer, you’ll be sure to find a great lamp to suit your needs and budget!

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