How to choose a lamp for curing gel polish?


Gel polishes give a woman the opportunity to look flawless with a glossy manicure from 3 weeks. At the same time, their drying (polymerization) takes 30-60 seconds. This is one of the major beauty innovations of the 21st century!

The polymerization process requires a special lamp — UV, LED or hybrid. Now there is a huge range of these devices on the market, and they are all different — in terms of power, functionality, design! How to make a choice and not get confused? What should you pay attention to when buying? Let’s figure it out!

Ultraviolet lamps (UV, UV) for manicure

In such lamps, the solidification of the material is carried out using fluorescent bulbs.

Advantages of UV lamps:

  • can polymerize any gel polishes: even those marked with LED;
  • low power consumption.


  • it is necessary to change the heating elements, because over time their power decreases, which leads to poor hardening of the material;
  • dries materials for quite a long time (compared to other types of lamps): up to 2 minutes;
  • Fluorescent light bulbs are sensitive to voltage fluctuations.

LED lamps

In the LED lamp, the polymerization of the coating occurs with the help of LEDs, and due to this, the material dries faster than in the UV analogue.

LED lamps are the second generation of lamps for drying artificial material, therefore, when creating them, all the shortcomings of UV lamps were taken into account.

Advantages of LED lamps:

  • no need to change the LEDs — they have a huge working resource;
  • polymerization is fast: from 10 to 60 seconds;
  • the lamp body does not heat up — LEDs do not emit as much heat as fluorescent bulbs;
  • consumes less energy than UV lamps.

Disadvantages of LED lamps:

  • if the LEDs are out of order, you need to change the entire lamp;
  • The LED lamp may not polymerize the products of some manufacturers — and you should pay attention to this! Gel polishes are usually marked with which lamp they can be dried, if it is “UV / LED” — the coating can be dried in any lamp.

CCFL cold cathode coil lamps

CCFL is a UV lamp upgrade. The polymerization of the material in it occurs with the help of cold cathode fluorescent bulbs, which contain an inert gas with an insignificant amount of mercury.

Advantages of CCFL lamps:

  • they do not have an incandescent filament — therefore, they do not emit heat and save energy (like LED lamps);
  • polymerize all coatings.

Disadvantage of CCFL lamps:

  • polymerization time is not higher than that of a UV lamp — up to 2 minutes.

Lamp power: which one to choose?

Decided on the type of lamp? Now let’s focus on power, because there are devices with different technical characteristics on the market.

  • the lower the power, the longer the polymerization time of the material;
  • if the coating is applied in a thick layer, it may not harden and wrinkle;

since some gel polishes are highly pigmented, low power lamps may not dry them.


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