Reduce, Reuse and RecyclePhotoTech / SunMaster is dedicated to providing tanning equipment that uses less electricity and provides excellent tanning results in less time. We also pioneered lower mercury lamps, along with our global partners. We support and practice the ideas behind Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Back in the late 1990s, we were the first to produce an 18 lamp tanning bed, then a 24 lamp tanning bed, that was energy efficient enough to run on a standard 120 volt, 15 amp circuit. We pioneered energy efficient designs, and have tested dozens of different ballasts and lamps in the effort to produce equipment that uses less electricity. This has several benefits beyond just the environment, particularly for the salon owner.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle1. SunMaster electronics generate up to 80% less heat than choke style ballasts, the most commonly used type. Our latest generation of ballasts never get more than a few degrees above room temperature, even if you run them for 24 hours straight! This means that your salon or home doesn't heat up by using a SunMaster tanning bed. Your clients are more comfortable.

2. PhotoTech LED systems produce much more 633nm red light yet use 1/3 of the power of the old fluorescent technology. It's no secret that LEDs are more efficient, but it took PhotoTech to create systems affordable enough for the masses, so everyone can enjoy the benefits and savings.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle3. If you are planning a new salon, or an expansion, choosing PhotoTech LED can save you because they require significantly less air conditioning capacity. The net results can be several tons less of A/C, saving you install costs and perhaps allowing you to install equipment with NO extra air conditioning or additional duct work. It is easy to save $5000 to $10,000 on your air conditioning needs in a medium sized facility.

4. SunMaster ClearTech lamps are a new technology, and last up to twice as long as regular lamps while requiring half the mercury. Not only does this reduce your cost per session, but reduces your maintenance and cuts your lamp disposal in half. With new environmental regulations being inacted in cities all over America, disposal of old lamps will become more of an issue and may become an expense. ClearTech makes your life easier when these regulations take place.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle5. SunMaster ClearTech lamps use a new glass that is more transparent than any other lamp glass. This means you can get the same amount of UV in less time. Shorter tanning sessions means less electricity, AND more clients through in a given day. They also last at least 1600 hours, which is twice as long as a normal lamp. This alone saves 50% waste since you change lamps 1/2 as often. You save on bills and can serve more clients.

6. We recycle everything we possibly can within our different facilities. Not by stuffing it in a recycle bin, but by finding new uses for old material. It isn't just smart for the environment, it is smart for the wallet. By taking the time and applying a little creativity, we've managed to reuse virtually all packaging that comes in. The remainder is taken to a local recycling center and sold to benefit a local scout troop.

7. We handle all mercury containing lamps in accordance with all federal and state laws. This insures the next generation has water worth drinking and no mercury is dumped in the landfill. And we will continue to develop new technologies that use less mercury, and reduce the risk to the environment. As we are now phasing out fluorescent tubes and switching to LEDs, there is now no issue as LEDs don't use mercury.

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleOf course, the biggest factor in being more environmentally friendly is YOU, the salon owner. Never throw lamps into the garbage as they contain trace amounts of mercury. Take them to a waste site for chemicals and paints, which most cities provide free. Use common sense when designing your salon and avoid designs that require lots of additional lighting or air conditioning. Replace any incandescent lamps with CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) for additional savings.

At PhotoTech / SunMaster, we don't care about the politics of environmentalism, we just like clean air and clean water, and try to do our part. We will keep looking for ways to make our products more environmentally friendly, and we hope you look for ways around your home and business to do the same. Maybe together, we can make a difference.

Looking for more information about recycling tanning lamps and other fluorescent lamps, such as CFLs?   Here are some other websites that might be useful.  Note, these links take you away from this website, and likely have different policies on privacy, etc.

Helpful Links

Recycling Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs (Lamps)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Information for Business.

Fluorescent Bulbs
Rethink Recycling article on fluorescent lamps, with drop off points for Minnesota.

How to Dispose of Fluorescent Tubes Safely
@'s very helpful guide on how homeowners can dispose of fluorescent lamps and bulbs.

Fluorescent and Other Light Bulbs
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources article explaining the basics of lamps and mercury.