This Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp Skyrocketed My Vitamin D Level

Red Light Therapy Tanning is the future of indoor tanning.

If you ever tried it, you know what I mean. If you still did not enjoy the experience of red light tanning, you definitely should.

The basic principle of red light therapy tanning is that the red light rejuvenates the skin and more than negates any negative effects from the UV-light.

There are, however, many more benefits of red light therapy tanning which I will tell you about later in this article.

But first, let me express my appreciation to “Zagaraem” (“Let’s Tan”), one of the first tanning salons in Moscow that invested in red light tanning “Collatan+D” lamps for their customers.

  • Red Light Therapy Tanning Salon

    Red Light Therapy Tanning Salon Moscow Russia

  • Red Light Therapy Tanning Salon

    Red Light Therapy Tanning Salon Moscow Russia

This is great if you are in Moscow. But since you probably don’t want to travel to Russia just for the red light tanning therapy, I hope some of my readers can suggest, in the comments below, other places around the world where you can get your vitamin D tan together with red light therapy.

On the other hand, Russia is probably one of the few places in the world where you can get a real dose of vitamin D from a red light tanning bed. The “Collatan+D” lamp from Lighttech, with its special UVB component, is so far not available in the EU (maybe in the USA by now, but I am not sure).

One 10 minutes session per week in a sunbed with the “Collatan+D” lamps skyrocketed my vitamin D level to a new personal record of 96.7 ng/ml.

Vitamin D from Red Light Therapy Tanning

Vitamin D from Red Light Therapy Tanning

My previous maximum level, achieved after two weeks in Thailand following my own sun tanning recommendations in the article “Do You Know How To Tan?” was 79.01 ng/ml.

It is interesting to note that the Russian Association of Endocrinologists during 2014 increased their recommendation for 25-OH (25-Cholecalciferol) levels. Deficit is now below 20 ng/ml (~50 nmol/l), up from 10 ng/ml. Insufficiency is still below 30 but the limit for intoxication increased to 150 (from 100) ng/ml.

Red Light Therapy Tanning Vertical Sunbed Alisun Sunvision V300

Red Light Therapy Tanning Sunbed Alisun Sunvision V300

The vertical sunbed I normally use for my red light tanning sessions is an Alisun Sunvision V300.

It fits 42 1.9 m 180 W Collatan+D low-pressure tubes. It is also the only vertical sunbed on the market with two high-pressure 400W lamps for the face. Those lamps can be equipped with red or blue filters for enhanced rejuvenation or cleansing of your face.

How do red light therapy tanning lamps work?

Red Light Therapy Tanning lamps produce a combination of UV-light and visible red light.

The UV-light consists of UVB (280-315 nanometres (280-320 nm in North America)) and UVA (315/320 nm – 400 nm).

UVB stimulates your natural “sun-protection” by making the melanocytes in your skin to produce more melanin.

UVB is also responsible for your natural production of vitamin D. The optimal wavelength for vitamin D creation is 311 nanometres.

UVA oxidises (tans) existing and new melanin to a darker colour as a part of your natural sun-protection mechanism.

The RED LIGHT (~620-750 nm) stimulates your natural production of COLLAGEN. Collagen is a protein that make up the “net” which armours your skin and keeps your skin smooth and elastic. As you age and due to environmental stress, your collagen net breaks and wrinkles appear. RED LIGHT is also effectively healing the skin after scratches or even larger wounds (like after surgical operations).

Furthermore, the RED LIGHT increases the blood flow in the outer skin-layers, which both moisturises and bring more oxygen to the tanning process for a nicer and more even tan.

Over-exposure to UV-light (especially UVA) is one environmental factor that can damage the collagen under your skin and create wrinkles. The combination of UV-light and red light in one lamp neutralize any negative effects from the UV-light and actually rejuvenates your skin.

Short exposure time, well below the burning threshold, is still very important in order to reach the optimal rejuvenation effect.

Now, when you know the effects from each of the components in the COLLATAN+D lamp I used to skyrocket my vitamin D level, let us look at the practical application.

I have earlier described how red light therapy tanning works in this post about Red Light Therapy Sunbeds.

There I presented the combination of RED LIGHT THERAPY COLLAGEN LAMPS and ordinary UV-LAMPS in one “hybrid” sunbed.

Combining both UV-light and visible red light in one lamp, is another way to achieve the rejuvenating effect of red light therapy tanning.

The advantage with a sunbed equipped with COLLATAN lamps is that the effect becomes better since each lamp covers all the wanted wavelengths. The disadvantage is that you cannot choose EITHER only Red Light Therapy OR only UV tanning in the same sunbed.

Before the engineers at Lighttech finally found the optimal balance of UVB and UVA, I tested three different Collatan-lamps, with different UV-spectra.

The problem with the early COLLATAN lamps was that they did not emit enough UVB to create large amounts of Vitamin D during a short exposure.

The target specification given to Lighttech was to develop a lamp, which, during a short (5-10 minutes depending of skin-type and the sunbed) session gives…

  • Maximum stimulation of Vitamin D creation.
  • Optimal stimulation of melanin-creation and long-term pigmentation without erythema (burning).
  • A slight immediate darkening of the skin. (But not too much to destroy the Vitamin D creation).
  • Enough UVA exposure to create the Nitric Oxide, important for cardio-vascular health.
  • Skin-rejuvenation by RED visible light.

The clever engineers at Lighttech finally managed to fulfil the request by combining the narrow-band UVB-spectra (311 nm) from one of their medical lamps with broadband UVA (a little bit less than in a “normal” tanning lamp), and strong Red Light in the 630-640 nm range (peak at 633 nm).

red light therapy tanning lamps spectrum and benefits

red light therapy tanning lamps spectrum and benefits

Another positive side effect is a very strong white visible WHITE light, which is known to increase the production of testosterone. This should make weekly sessions in sunbeds with Collatan+D lamps a standard procedure for all sports people who want to reach their maximum potential.

We have not been able to verify the creation of Nitric Oxide from the UVA component but, according to this excellent TED-presentation, it ought to be there.

In my opinion, this is the perfect red light therapy tanning lamp.

Unfortunately, it will take some time before health-authorities realise the enormous health benefits and savings from a widespread regular use of red light therapy sunbeds.

The powerful pharmaceutical companies, who rule medical research, education and politics, will of course work hard to discredit and forbid this kind of indoor tanning too, just as they do with ordinary indoor tanning. Regular exposure to UV-light is after all the most serious competitor to their enormously profitable vaccines and cancer treatments. However, the addition of skin-rejuvenating Red Light Therapy reduces one of the most common counter arguments against sunbeds, the fear of wrinkles.

This Collatan+D Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp is so good that it ought to come with a warning sign:


Please share your experience of red light therapy tanning in the comments below!


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26 Responses to This Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp Skyrocketed My Vitamin D Level

  1. Dianna Stewart June 19, 2015 at 09:44 #

    Wow! I would love to go there and try this red light therapy. How much this cost in dollars?

  2. Tallulah Joe June 21, 2015 at 15:47 #

    I live in the UK (originally from US) and have been using tanning beds for 35 years. I’m looking to get a home unit as I have a systemic autoimmune disease, collagen disorder (EDS) and physical disability that keeps me mostly housebound. I find UV therapy very beneficial for mood and calming urticaria. If I were in the states, I would definitely go for the Mercola unit but it’s sadly not available here. Can you suggest a similar product available in the UK or EU? I’m especially interested in sourcing the Collatan+D Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp you reviewed.

    I’d appreciate any information you can provide.

  3. Jordan July 7, 2015 at 16:01 #

    Amazing findings! It’s wonderful how much benefit light can give us – not only beautiful tans, but health benefits as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Julie November 3, 2015 at 17:35 #

    Great article I didn’t know about Red Light Therapy.
    How much does a session cost ?

  5. TheGuru November 5, 2015 at 21:09 #

    Hi Julie,

    That salon in Moscow charges 50 rubles per minute, which is about 80 US cents (0.80 US$).
    TheGuru recently posted…This Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp Skyrocketed My Vitamin D Level

  6. Josh November 26, 2015 at 17:26 #

    I have been taking Vitamin D supplements in order to increase my natural testosterone production. This is an interesting alternative, I might look into this further.

  7. DB December 4, 2015 at 00:49 #

    Hello. I sent you a message last week but didn’t receive a response. I’ve decided to post it here.

    Hello, Mr. Olsson: I have been reading with interest the information that you have provided regarding red light therapy tanning and vitamin D. I currently have yellow/olive coloured skin and I am not particularly interested in making it darker. My Fitzpatrick Skin Type Test rates my skin at \”Type III\” which is someone who \”Sometimes burns, sometimes tans\” in the sun.

    My questions are the following:
    1. Is it possible to increase the Vitamin D levels without getting brown? If that is not possible, I would still have an interest in the red light therapy tanning lamps to increase Vitamin D levels.

    2. I am investigating CollaTan Tanning & Rejuvenation Units. How do these units compare to the Alisun Sunvision V300 that you use?

    3. I live in the United States. I am interested in upright units. What sort of units are available here (or that can be delivered to the States) that would be comparable the Alisun Sunvision V300?

    Thank you for your attention.

    I look forward to your reply.

  8. TheGuru December 12, 2015 at 00:28 #

    Hi DB,

    Sorry for not answering you mail. It got stuck in the spm folder. It is hard to avoid getting darker while getting vitamin D from UV-light. Try to find a lamp with low UVA and high UVB and use shorter session than recommended for tanning.

    The Alisun Sunvision V330 is just one model of a vertical sunbed. It is the lamps that matters which type of result you will get. There are different kinds of Collatan lamps and they are made for all kind of sunbeds. Try to find one with high UVB. I don’t think that the lamp I described in the post is available in the USA, but please check with Lightsources. They should be able to guide you to the place which has something similar.

    Please share your result here, or if you need more guidance.
    TheGuru recently posted…This Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp Skyrocketed My Vitamin D Level

  9. nlp therapy December 16, 2015 at 12:10 #

    Great post , I didn’t know about Red Light Therapy. I only know the therapy are useful for helping to overcome emotional problems, behavior disorders, phobias and anxious thinking.

  10. allen December 27, 2015 at 18:58 #

    hey,what about American Leisure Collatan Maxi Twist lamps?

  11. TheGuru December 27, 2015 at 19:52 #

    Given that it is a European 0.3 standard lamp, it might be very low on UVB. But still probably the best lamp you can get for that standard.
    TheGuru recently posted…This Red Light Therapy Tanning Lamp Skyrocketed My Vitamin D Level

  12. Joel March 21, 2016 at 14:01 #

    This is very interesting! Thank you for the informative post. I’m in the northern US, and struggle with the lack of sun. The last few winters I have used oral vitamin D, along with fish oil to try and help, but I don’t notice much difference. Through reading your blog and links to other sources, I’ve come to learn more about the health benefits of the sun, that don’t seem to be in a small vitamin D pill. I am currently trying to find a solution at home with the hybrid Red Light and UVB light. Thanks for the help in this journey!

  13. Meital James March 29, 2016 at 07:16 #

    Red light therapy has amazing uses. Promoting Vitamin D is just one of the amazing every day uses for it. You can use for anti-aging (wrinkle reduction), pain relief, wound healing and so much more.
    I use it almost every day. I have my own red light therapy device and I love it!

  14. NLP Training UK April 24, 2016 at 14:13 #

    Its an excellent way of therapy by promoting vitamin D in body and i would love to try this red light therapy. Vitamin D no doubt has the ability to increase testosterone production and make your immune system more strong and keep you more relax and less stressful. Thanks for sharing such a useful and beneficial blog. I just love the info.

  15. Child Therapy April 24, 2016 at 15:56 #

    Its really a good news for those who lack exposure to sunlight and have aging issues. A combo of UV light and red light lamp will combine helps to make skin become tan, more healthy with less wrinkles. This combination have no damaging or negative impact on skin. I am so happy to read this wonderful article. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Tiba Fortiba August 12, 2016 at 13:21 #

    Vitamin D is one of the most deficient vitamins, especially when you are in a country that doesn’t have a wonderful amount of sunlight! Interesting….would I use this? Probably 🙂

  17. Alexander August 21, 2016 at 14:46 #

    That’s awesome!

    I will look into artificial light for tanning myself now. More vitamin D means more testosterone for guys, so all guys should look into these options if you don’t get enough sun.

  18. Ellen September 28, 2016 at 13:30 #

    We have Cosmetta lamps at Ship Shape Tan & Spa in Camas, WA USA.
    These lamps have UV (with high UVB), Red light (for collagen), & Blue light (for complexion). We aren’t allowed to advertise that tanning gives us Vitamin D in the U.S., but many people know that it does.

  19. Janine October 6, 2016 at 19:52 #

    Hi to all reading this…. I have an established Tanning Salon (15+years) here in the UK… I introduced a Red Light Therapy booth just over 2 years ago… Customers that use this bed have spoke about many benefits they’ve physically experienced.. All positive reviews.. From clearing up on going skin complaints, to thickening and renewing hair… From a personal perspective, it’s helped relieve painful elbow joints.. As for my mum, well let’s say her 4 weekly sessions are paying off as she looks ten years younger than me!!!!

  20. MamaT October 17, 2016 at 00:22 #

    Beautiful to read this article and your blog over all. One of my children has great physical challenges in life and rarely gets daylight in winter and sunshine. ..well we live in Sweden and the Sun “shines with it absence “.
    Last week i found a home solarium called Hapro innergize hp 8580 that has both infrared Light and tanning.
    I definately will give it a fair try after boosting my knowing here.
    Thank you for great stats, research and sharings

  21. Arne Ashford November 17, 2016 at 13:10 #

    Great info on the effects of sun light and other tanning options.

    Specially in the northern hemisphere it is hard to avoid low Vitamin D levels. That is where tanning beds and nowadays tanning booths come in handy.

    More Vitamin D means a lot more than just a little Testosterone more overall benefits are:

    Fighting depression, weight-loss, reduces your risk of multiple sclerosis, decreases your chance of developing heart disease and reduces your likelihood of developing the flu.

    Vitamin D cannot be produced without the influx of sun light or sun light imitation, such as tanning devices.

  22. Tony November 19, 2016 at 00:25 #

    Yes, this is definitely something for me since I don’t get much sunlight where I live at. I just saw this in a youtube video about more vitamin d equals more testosterone.

  23. Corrupt Politicians March 21, 2017 at 20:52 #

    This is really amazing great Blog i really like to read this its all about the facts of great information Thanks for sharing great Information.

  24. Rhonda June 4, 2017 at 18:20 #

    Planet Fitness gyms in the US have red light therapy booths. They advertise it as “body enhancement”. I wonder if that are the same type of red light. If so I would join just to use it

  25. Hershes Family Salon June 10, 2017 at 08:05 #

    That’s awesome!Red light therapy has amazing uses.Promoting Vitamin D is just one of the amazing every day uses for it.

  26. Amy June 20, 2017 at 16:28 #

    Really nice post on red light therapy application! I thought it was used only for anti-aging treatments.

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