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Just wanting peoples nail lamp recommendations? For gel mainly. Not a cheap one but reasonable ?
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Oh ok I’m confused then as there are lots of different lamps out there which are necessarily by a brand ? Thanks for the advice though.
 

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What website are you looking on? I can try and help
Also which gel brand are you using?
Are you a qualified professional? X
 

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you don't have to stick with the same brand for all your products (including a lamp). The reason one brand would want you to only buy a 'compatible' lamp etc. is to maximise their own profits. Simple as that.
Unfortunately, this is incorrect. Please have a read through the thread I linked above.
 

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Hi,
I would certainly recommend a LED lamp (not UV) - you will not need to change the bulbs at all, they should last you basically a lifetime. You might need to pay more for that reason but it's totally worth it.
And, contrary to popular belief, you don't have to stick with the same brand for all your products (including a lamp). The reason one brand would want you to only buy a 'compatible' lamp etc. is to maximise their own profits. Simple as that. Any problems with gel are usually due to the gel's own quality and the application technique. If you use quality materials and prepare the nails correctly then any lamp will be fine (well, obviously, not some cheap unknown cr*p off ebay). Search for LED lamps online and read the reviews, you'll find a lamp for your budget.
You don’t appear to be a qualified nail professional, according to your profile details, so please read through the link attached by @Kyralouise above, which is self explanatory 😉
 

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What website are you looking on? I can try and help
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Yes I’m a nail technician. I use bluesky mainly but use the gel bottle inc also! I have a bluesky lamp already but wasn’t sure if there was another lamp that people recommended? I had heard that you should use the same brand but I don’t understand why it’s a problem to use different ones?! Surely they all do the same thing! Anyway thanks for your advise.
 

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I would certainly recommend a LED lamp (not UV) - you will not need to change the bulbs at all, they should last you basically a lifetime. You might need to pay more for that reason but it's totally worth it.
And, contrary to popular belief, you don't have to stick with the same brand for all your products (including a lamp). The reason one brand would want you to only buy a 'compatible' lamp etc. is to maximise their own profits. Simple as that. Any problems with gel are usually due to the gel's own quality and the application technique. If you use quality materials and prepare the nails correctly then any lamp will be fine (well, obviously, not some cheap unknown cr*p off ebay). Search for LED lamps online and read the reviews, you'll find a lamp for your budget.
Yes totally agree. I had heard you have to use same brand but surely they all do the same thing! Anyway thanks for your advise.
 

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Yes I’m a nail technician. I use bluesky mainly but use the gel bottle inc also! I have a bluesky lamp already but wasn’t sure if there was another lamp that people recommended? I had heard that you should use the same brand but I don’t understand why it’s a problem to use different ones?! Surely they all do the same thing! Anyway thanks for your advise.
Have you read the pinned post about lamps and why they need to be matched? From your comments I suspect not, it would really be worth your time to read it.
 

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Have you read the pinned post about lamps and why they need to be matched? From your comments I suspect not, it would really be worth your time to read it.
Hi yes I have read it. An interesting read however someone has commented on the post about how she contacted a few companies and they advised her that any 48w lamp would be ok on the brand she contacted so if this was going to cause any concern or issue then surely they wouldn’t be able to sell these products?
 

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Hi yes I have read it. An interesting read however someone has commented on the post about how she contacted a few companies and they advised her that any 48w lamp would be ok on the brand she contacted so if this was going to cause any concern or issue then surely they wouldn’t be able to sell these products?
It's probably worth doing lots more research and reading before making any decisions. This is a serious business, making the wrong decisions puts you, your business and more importantly your clients at risk. Cheap, poorly manufactured products sold by places like eBay, Amazon, etc don't care about your reputation, your health, etc. They just want a sale so they'll say anything to make it happen. There is no legislation or legal come back on these companies, the buck stops with you.
 

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Yes I’m a nail technician. I use bluesky mainly but use the gel bottle inc also! I have a bluesky lamp already but wasn’t sure if there was another lamp that people recommended? I had heard that you should use the same brand but I don’t understand why it’s a problem to use different ones?! Surely they all do the same thing! Anyway thanks for your advise.
hi again, ideally you would stick to one brand. I was a bluesky lover until I did some research and spent time here and on another group. And the gel bottle? Well that’s a whole other can of worms. I won’t get into it on here, but definitely have a look into TGB, we absolutely do not recommended the use of their products.

It’s already covered in the link above, but essentially... we as nail techs cannot tell if a product has cured to a safe level. Although it may look and feel cured, only chemists are able to test this for sure. So bluesky will have designed their lamp (alongside chemists) to ensure that their gels cure properly. So unless they state otherwise, you can’t be sure if their gels will cure with a different lamp. Uncured product is now seen as the leading cause of nail allergies. They are painful and irreversible and honestly I would be mortified if I had caused an allergy for my client.
Aside from the allergy situation, you won’t be insured if you aren’t following the correct method and products as advised by the brand.

So we can’t really sit here and recommend a certain lamp. We recommend the lamp that your brand recommends. If you wanted brand recommendations, I’m happy to list some for you, or have a read through the other threads.

Good luck x
 

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Hi yes I have read it. An interesting read however someone has commented on the post about how she contacted a few companies and they advised her that any 48w lamp would be ok on the brand she contacted so if this was going to cause any concern or issue then surely they wouldn’t be able to sell these products?
Sadly that’s a rather naive and incorrect assumption.

Legally, their liability is only to you, the Nail Tech who purchased the lamp, and they’re only liable to ensure that their electrical equipment switches on, lights up and doesn’t electrocute you.

If they state that their lamp cures X brand of gel then it must cure that brand.

However, overseas manufacturers can legally continue to sell millions of lamps that don’t cure any specific gel adequately, simply because they do not claim to cure any specific brand.
 

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