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Are you someone who has this question: can gel polish air dry? In that case, this is the only answer you need to read. To kill the curiosity, the bottom-line is you can’t air dry gel polish. And also you should never try too. This leaves us with the options of a lamp to dry gel polish.
When it comes to gel polish lamps, LED lamp and UV lamps are the two main contenders. And the choice between them is very critical as both are very different products.
Let’s dig deeper into the gel polish cure options.
Gel polish beginners wondered why they need special lamps to dry gel polish? Why can’t gel polish simply dry in the air as nail polish does. The answer lies in the chemistry.
Gel polishes composition is such that the reaction takes place only in the presence of UV light or LED light based on different gel polishes (UV or LED cured). That is why gel polish does not air dry in the absence of UV/LED light even if you leave it for many days.
So if you try to air dry gel polish, it will remain wet and stick to whatever it comes in contact with. Even you can stain your clothes. Therefore, don’t try to air dry gel polish, it will waste time, resources and cause a mess.
While in the presence of UV or LED light gel polishes sets and becomes dry. Two main contenders are UV lamp and LED Lamp. And the choice between them is very critical as both are very different products.
Let’s compare one by one.
The difference lies in the spectrum of light each lamp can produce. LED lamp produces a narrower, more specific spectrum while UV lamp produces a broader and scattered spectrum.
Main highlight of LED lamp is its fast cure time. Thanks to its narrower and more targeted spectrum which enables it to dry the gel polish very quickly. Usually, it takes only 30 seconds.
Further, the bulb of LED light lasts much longer than UV bulb. LED lamp bulb’s life cycle is 50000 hour or more while UV lamp bulb can only last 1000 hours.
LED Lamp is relatively safer than the UV lamp due to narrow spectrum and short exposure time, and it doesn’t hurt or burn our skin.
The main strength of UV lamp is its its broad UV spectrum which enables it to dry various types of gel polishes. It can cure all type of gel polishes while LED lamp cannot cure all types of gel polish. It is due to the broad spectrum of light UV lamp produces.
But things really get unbearable when it comes to cure time. It takes a daunting 2 minute. Further, the shelf life of UV lamp is less than the LED lamp.
Recent years, the LED/UV Lamp came to our life and some people call it Smart Lamp. It’s a great mix of both LED & LV light bulbs so it can cure all types of gels with quick cure time (30-60s).
If you want to grab best deals for gel polish LED/UV lamps, rush to Lagunamoon online store and grab one for yourself. They are currently offering big discounts. Main advantage of Lagunamoon LED/UV lamp is that it can cure all types of LED gel polishes. Further, the product is very robust, portable and easy to use.
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