DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH! YOUR TANNING BED CONTAINS HIGH VOLTAGES AND IF IMPROPERLY MODIFIED OR MAINTAINED, CAN CREATE A SAFETY HAZARD THAT CAN CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH. NEVER WORK ON YOUR TANNING BED WHILE IT IS CONNECTED TO POWER. NEVER WORK ON YOUR TANNING BED IF YOU ARE NOT A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN OR AUTHORIZED LICENESED TANNING BED SERVICE AGENGY. ALWAYS USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING GOOGLES, AND TEST FOR THE PRESENCE OF ELECTRICITY BEFORE BEGINNING ANY REPAIR OR MODIFICATION.
This document covers the procedures needed to correct a known issue with about two dozen tanning beds. In all, about 200 tanning beds used the part that has a potential problem. The problem is not a defect in design and does not present any hazard, and is purely an inconvenience that is simple to fix. Models affected include a very limited number of Alpha Shadow, Alpha 30VL and Alpha Sun XL 230V tanning beds sold in the spring of 2007.
Sometimes you can wiggle the lamp starter and this will cause the lamp to start or try to start. This problem is with the lamp holder that houses the lamp starter only. Inside the lamp starter base are two pieces of copper stripping that are designed to come in contact with the two poles of the lamp starter. On some of the lamp ends, these copper strips were not bent so they will come into contact, which prevents the lamp starter from completing the circuit.
Very few beds are affected by this issue, less than 20 at this time. The image below shows both styles of lamps ends. The image on the left shows the affected lamp end that was temporarily used in Alpha Sun beds. The image on the right shows the lamp end part that is normally used. Note the two notches on the lamp end with the issue (red arrow). If your lamp end doesn't have the two notches, your bed is not subject to this technical bulletin and these instructions will not apply to you.
The fix is very simple and will require the basic tools to remove the acrylic, plus a small tool to bend the copper strip. A jewelers screwdriver or straightened paperclip will do just fine for this task. The time to repair the lamp holder is less than one minute after you have gotten access to it. See image after instructions for a visual information.
1. Remove bed from power.
2. Remove acrylic from half of bed affected.
3. Remove the lamp starter for the affected lamp.
4. Visual inspect lamp holder to confirm issue.
5. Gently insert tool and bend copper slightly so it will now make contact with lamp starter.
6. Reinstall lamp starter.
7. Connect bed to power and put on protective eyewear.
8. Turn bed on. Lamp should light now.
9. Turn bed off, remove from power, reassemble bed, restore power.
This file was created 30 AUG 07 by dlb.
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