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It is important you understand what narrowband treatment is, why it works and why you should use the Philips TL01 Narrowband Tubes and only Philips TL01 Narrowband tubes. The only certified tube in the UK for the treatment of psoriasis - used by hospitals, recommended by doctors and dermatologists worldwide.
Ask one question and make sure you get a proper answer (even if you don't buy from us) - Does the unit contain Philips TL01 Narrowband tubes ?
With Philips TL01 UVB Narrowband Tubes you get the absolute best (78% UVB to total UV output, 19.5 (as new) reducing to 17.7 UVB irradiance at the skins surface). Philips Narrowband UVB lamps emit light over a very short range of wavelengths concentrated primarily in the therapeutic range (311nm) - over 66% of light is at exactly 311nm (this is 40% more than any other available tube in the world). This tube was developed specifically for psoriasis, vitiligo and similiar skin conditions. The TL01 tubes last for over 1000 hrs usage (the output of the tubes diminish by 5% after 500 hrs and 10%+ after 1000 hrs). That can equate to somewhere between 10 and 12 years usage before the tubes need to be replaced.
Philips TL01 UVB Narrowband tubes are therefore safer and more effective than all UVB Broadband and other "narrowband" lamps. In fact, users who use other tubes are more likely to spend 33% more time per session on their units and because more light is outside the theraputic optimum - burning and long term side effects are more likely as well as inferior quality of treatment. Treatment times with Philips TL01 are shorter with no or minimum side effects (redness, itching and burns) and much better results.
We could offer you cheaper less effective lamps but we don't. Best lamps = Better results and remember if it doesn't say Philips on it then it isn't ! (figures sourced from Philips and Cosmedico websites - link to Philips website available on links page)
At MBS we use nothing but the best market leading Philips TL01 311nm UVB Narrowband Tubes in all our units and that's 100% guaranteed ! (our smaller units use Philips PL01 tubes). Philips Narrowband tubes are usually more expensive but you won't be disappointed with the results as they have been developed specifically for the purpose of treating psoriasis, vitiligo etc with an extremely high success rate. Be careful there are cheaper tubes on the market - some companies use the Arimed B tubes (4.6% UVB to total UV output ie. the vast majority is not even UVB) which aren't really for the treatment of psoriasis (can be suitable for acne and atopic dermatitis) and some other companies use tubes inferior tubes manufactured in China or elsewhere (then rebranded).
Be careful - some cheeky companies will show all the Philips Narrowband facts and figures and then actually supply you a product with different tubes in !! It is a fact backed up by over 400 independent clinical studies - no other tube is as effective at treating psoriasis or vitiligo as the Philips TL01 Narrowband.
Before purchasing (even if you don't purchase from us) always ask, does this unit contain Philips TL01 or PL01 UVB Narrowband tubes ? - you can't be too careful when it comes to your health.
Please note :- in our mini units we use the Philips PL01 36w Medical Narrowband tubes - these tubes are the mini-version of the larger TL01 tubes (you cannot get small tubes with the lettering TL01 - TL actually stands for linear lamp i.e. a straight lamp) and last for approx. 1000hrs usage. The Philips PL01 lamps offer the same benefits as the TL01 within the same light spectrum (mainly UVB at 311nm) - 78% UVB to total UVB Output. Due to the smaller light face (approx 20ins for the 36w) and tube, the light is at a lesser intensity and the UVB irradiance at the skins surface is 5.6. The mini units are used in treating just small localised areas of psoriasis, vitiligo etc arms/legs/hands.
The hand held units use the Philips PL01 9w tubes - (light face approx 8ins with a UVB irradiance of 1.3), the life expectancy of this tube is also around 1000 hrs usage.
It's not just me saying it - "More than 400 independent clinical studies around the world have shown that Philips UVB Narrowband (TL/01) Phototherapy lamps are the most effective lamps currently available for the treatment of Psoriasis and Vitiligo, as well as other less common skin diseases. " (Quote from Philips - a link to the Philips website is available on our links page)
Warning be careful - there are companies selling cheaper units that do not contain the Philips TL01 tubes and are therefore not only less effective at treating your condition but also they are more dangerous as they emit light at non-therapeutic and more harmful wavelengths. Always ask what tubes are in the unit before purchasing. We could supply units with cheaper tubes but don't. With Philips narrowband - you pay for the quality and you will get the best results. The success rate quoted is only achievable with Philips Narrowband and with no other tube (there have been over 400 clinical tests around the world that support this. Philips UVB TL01 Narrowband is the only certified tube in the UK for psoriasis treatment and is the tube of choice of most doctors, dermatologists, hospitals and clinics worldwide.