It used to be that all you'd see in nail salons was UV nail lamps. You need them to make sure gel polishes harden properly. However, people have recently seen the traditional UV nail lamp eclipsed by the LED nail lamp. Instead of using only ultraviolet rays, they use LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs to produce light at a frequency that activates gel polish to make it harden.

LED nail lamps are more expensive than UV nail lamps – though prices are coming down as they become more popular – but you should still consider upgrading. Here are just four reasons why.

1. Much Faster

Probably the most compelling benefit that comes with using an LED nail lamp is how long they take to harden your gel polish. While a traditional UV lamp might take around two minutes, an LED lamp will often complete the job in less than half the time. That's great for everyone, but it's particularly advantageous if you're buying for a nail salon and need to get things done quickly without sacrificing quality.

2. No Bulb Changes

If you've ever read about the benefits of LED bulbs in general, you've probably heard about how long they last. LED bulbs often last for decades before needing to be replaced, mostly because they don't produce very much heat. In contrast, bulbs need to be replaced periodically when you use a UV nail lamp. That can be pretty inconvenient, especially if you don't have a spare bulb handy.

3. More Efficient

One reason so many businesses and households are switching to LED bulbs is that they don't use much energy. The same is true of nail lamps; an LED lamp is going to use far less electricity than a UV lamp. Again, this is a more important consideration if you're running a business. Using LED lamps instead of UV lamps can seriously cut down on your utility bills when you're using several throughout the day.

4. Longer Lasting

If you're still worried about the higher costs associated with LED nail lamps, just keep in mind that they tend to last much longer. UV lamps have a limited shelf life because several important elements lose their power over time. Your lamp will get weaker and weaker until it can't dry nails effectively. If you're a heavy user, you might find yourself replacing UV lamps on a regular basis. LED lamps have a much longer shelf life.

For more information, contact a local nail supplies company.