• Before connecting the appliance to the mains
socket, check if the voltage indicated on the rating
plate corresponds with the mains voltage in your
• Water and electricity are a dangerous combination!
Therefore, do not use the appliance in wet
surroundings (e.g. in the bathroom or shower, or
near a swimming pool).
• If you have just been swimming or have just taken a
shower, dry yourself thoroughly before using the
• Take care that children cannot play with the
solarium. As a precaution remove the plug from the
wall socket after use.
• Keep the ventilation openings in the upper casing
clear of obstruction when using the solarium.
• Do not exceed the advised session times or the
maximum amount of "tanning hours". (See section
"UV sessions: How often? And how long?")
• Do not select a shorter operational distance than the
advised 20 cm (approx. 8").
• Do not treat each part or side of the body more often
than once a day. Avoid intensive skin exposure to
natural sunlight on the same day as a UV session.
• If you have any symptoms of illness, if you take any
medicines and/or apply cosmetics which increase
skin sensitivity, you should not have a UV-session.
Special care is also necessary in cases of
pronounced individual sensitivity to ultraviolet.
When in doubt, please consult your doctor.
• A solarium is not to be used by people who get
sunburnt without tanning when exposed to the sun,
by persons suffering from sunburn, by children, or by
persons who suffer (or have previously suffered) from
skin cancer or who are predisposed to skin cancer.
• Consult your doctor if ulcers, moles or persistent
lumps develop on the skin.
• Always wear the protective eye goggles while
tanning to protect your eyes against excessive
doses of ultraviolet, visible light and infrared. (Also
refer to section "UV and your health".)
• Remove creams, lipstick and other cosmetics well in
advance of a UV session.
• Do not use sunscreen lotions or creams.
• Do not use suntan lotions or creams.
• If your skin should feel taut after the sun tanning
session, you may apply a moisturizing cream.
• Never use the solarium if the timer has become
• Colours may fade under the influence of the sun.
The same effect may occur when using the
• Do not expect the appliance to yield better results
than the natural sun.
The sun is the source of energy on which all life on earth
There are various kinds of solar energy: the sunlight enables
us to see, we feel the warmth of the sunshine on our skin, and
under the influence of the sun our skin is tanned.
These three effects are due to three specific components of
the sun radiance spectrum, each of the components having
their own wave lengths.
The sun radiates electro-magnetic vibrations with widely
different wave lengths. The wave lengths of heat rays or
"infrared" (IR) are longer than the wave lengths of visible light.
And the wave lengths of "ultraviolet" (UV), which tans our skin,
are shorter than these.
Science has managed to reproduce these three kinds of solar
radiation: heat (e.g. Infraphil), light (lamps) and UV (solariums,
sun couches etc.)
UV-A, UV-B and UV-C
Ultraviolet (UV) is subdivided into UV-A (longer wave lengths),
UV-B and UV-C (shorter wave lengths).
UV-C seldom reaches the earth as it is filtered out by the
UV-A and UV-B cause the tanning effect of the skin.
In fact there are two processes which produce tanning, and
they are simultaneously effective:
• "Indirect tanning". Primarily UV-B stimulates the
production of a substance called "melanin", which is
necessary for tanning. The effect does not show until a
couple of days after the sunbath.
• "Direct tanning". The UV-A and also a part of the visible
light cause quicker browning without reddening or "getting