When it comes to getting a great indoor tan, here's the first thing you need to know: It's all about the lamps, NOT the bed! Premium quality lamps in a well maintained ten-year old tanning bed with fresh acrylics will produce better tanning results then a new, cool looking $35,000 bed with inferior or worn out tanning lamps.
Here's the second thing you should be aware of: tanning lamps only tan effectively for a limited number of hours, typically between 500 - 800 hours depending on the lamp type. After a certain period of time, although the lamp still lights up just fine, the phosphors in the lamp that produce the UV light spectrum (i.e. a tan) are used up.
What you have at that point is a nice florescent lamp that you can stand in front of it until the cows come home and you'll get the same tanning result as you do sitting under office lighting all day long!
At Atlantis our computers monitor and rate remaining lamp life as green (>100 hours), yellow (<100 hours) or red (past rated life). Professional tanning salons should be willing to show you the effective lamp life for every tanning bed in their facility. You can ask our front desk people at any time to pull up a tanning room on our computer screen for you to check if you like. If a salon refuses to show you lamp life for their tanning beds, that should be a red flag.
For detailed information on each of our tanning beds and levels of service just click on the 'Tanning Beds' link on the left.