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UV Curing

Aging typically refers to the process where wood is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) in order to cause the natural oils to oxidize and turn a different color. Typically, this is darker, but some wood will turn lighter or grey when exposed to ultraviolet. This is done to make a product, such as a violin or guitar, look as if it is older than it's real age. This natural oxidation mimics the effects of oxygen over a number of decades and imparts a warm, inviting look to the instrument. It does not affect the sound or usability of instruments or other products in any appreciable way.

Aging may also apply to the process of exposing materials such as paints or finishes to test them against the effects of aging. This is typically done to a number of pieces in each batch of product, for quality control and to verify that the finish will stand up to the weathering effects of ultraviolet without losing its color or luster. Both of these are very common uses for Solacure lamps.

For aging woods, the SG series lamps are our most proven platform and they are available in multiple sizes. The smaller Universal UV may also be used and is particularly popular for sun age testing. They are different, yet similar enough that they both can be used for many of the same purposes.

Solacure Means Quality

Solacure ultraviolet lamps aren't just good, we guarantee they are the best or your money back. We don't use stock parts anywhere in our products. Our glass is a special blend, and more transparent to UVA and UVB. Our 32 watt lamps use 60 watt rated cathodes and are tested at almost 70 watts of power. Almost all our lamps have built in reflectors. All are designed to be overdriven to extra high wattages. We test, and test, and test our lamps.

We stand behind everything we sell and guarantee each will perform exactly to specification, or we will replace them. We don't want your business this week, we want it every week, and we are willing to earn it. There really is a difference in quality when it comes to ultraviolet bulbs, and Solacure tops the list.

Buy with confidence: We like what we do, and we've been doing it for over 30 years.
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