What's the difference between UV Lamps and LED Nail Lamps?


There are many customers asking questions about the difference of UV lamp and LED lamps for curing gel polish, The article as below might be helpful to provide a brief comparison of the two.


UV lamp and LED Nail Lamp






More affordable

Generally more expensive, though prices are coming down

Typical Curing Time

Around 90 to 180 seconds, according to the power and watts of the uv lamp

10 to 60 seconds, according the power and watts of the led nail lamp


Use more energy, very fast for curing 365nm uv gel polish

Use less energy and are more eco-friendly, faster for curing 395~400nm led gel polish

Bulb Life

Bulbs need to be replaced periodically

Bulbs last the life of the lamp and never need replacement

Types of polish

Effectively cures ALL types of 365nm uv gel polish

Effectively cures types of 395~400nm led gel polishes that are formulated for LED technology


Most gel polish manufacturers sell lamps that are compatible with their products, and you will usually get the best results when using a lamp provided by the manufacturer. As mentioned above, not all polishes are formulated to work with LED lamps so you should check with the polish manufacturers to determine which polishes are compatible. Most brands are now offering products that cure in LED lamps, and that is the 395~400nm wave of the future for soak-off gel polish. To use LED lamps would have a quicker curing times. You may also keep a UV light handy for the few gel polishes that aren’t LED compatible.

Below are some lamp comparison.There are lamps for 1 hand or 1 foot, and some lamps just for four fingers, and your thumb need to be cured separately. The lamps that have a higher wattage would be more effectively and faster, but of course more expensive, they are suitable for salons. The low-powered mini lamps for example 6watts that come with most starter kits that suitable for home and personal use.

LED Lamps:

LED Lamp





48W LED Gel Lamp


1 Hand



UV Lamps:

UV Lamp                        





36w UV Nail Lamp


1 Hand



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