UV lamps are incredible. There are several factors, however, that may shift your decision toward lamps with LED lights instead. If you’re always in a hurry, and the speed that you can do your manicure at is a big concern for you, then LED nail lamps are the way to go. LED lamps will cure your gel manicure in over half the time that it takes to cure with a UV lamp. If you haven’t already purchased gel nail polish, you might want to go with a gel nail polish kit. This way you’re getting everything you need for an at home manicure, without having to piece together the bits and pieces you’ll need. This route is usually much more cost effective!
LED lamps will also last much longer than any UV lamp will. Most UV lamps have a life of about 1000 hours. While the lamp itself will not die, the bulbs will need to be replaced. This could be an ongoing expense depending on how often you choose to use your lamp. On the other hand, LED nail lamps should last for up to 50,000 hours. Unless you are a nail technician, you would probably never reach that amount of usage.
Investing in an LED lamp means never having to worry about replacing the bulbs. By the time your lamp stops working years down the road, there will probably already be some new kind of technology to use! While it has essentially been proven that UV lamps will cause minimal to no damage on your skin, if you are still concerned, then go for an LED lamp.
LED nail lamps do not use UV light so any damage that UV light may cause will never be a concern. No premature aging, no spots, no tanned hands while the rest of you stays the same color. Many studies say that UV lamps will not cause these issues either, but for those that have a bit of paranoia about what is true, and what is not, stick with the LED lights.
LED lamps are a great idea! Because of the new technology, the price of an LED lamp is a bit higher than a UV lamp. Prices range from $70-$160 depending on the brand.
While LED lamps may not cure all kinds of gel nail polishes, our top pick, the Espree Salon LED lamp by Couture Gel Nail Polish, cures most if not all gel polish products. If there is a particular brand that you are faithful to, then you should check and make sure that the gel nail polish is compatible with LED lamps before you buy a lamp. Always do your research first. If you’re looking for a long term smart investment, we suggest going with an LED lamp for the speediness of the cure, the long life, and lack of UV light. Our top recommendation is the Espree Salon LED lamp from Couture Gel Nail Polish (pictured below). This baby cures gel nail polish in 30 seconds flat and is compact enough to travel with, yet wide enough to fit a full hand with thumb, or a foot into it!