Solafeet Foot Tanner
The Solofeet Foot Tanner is a little tanning bed for your feet, designed to
help golfers, tennis players and others who are prone to getting a sock
With the Solofeet Foot Tanner, you can attain a
seamless tan from your legs all the way down to your tootsies. If you
play golf, tennis, jog or participate in any outdoor activity, there is
an unattractive result: The Dreaded Sock Line! With Solofeet you will
go Pale to Tan in 7 to 14 days. You
can not control the amount of UVB (burning rays) from natural sunlight.
This unit controls both the UVA/UVB ratio and your exposure time.
Solofeet plugs into a standard wall outlet and includes a built-in timer
and automatic shut-off feature. The unit uses the same technology used
in full-length tanning beds and does not emit any of the harmful UVC
rays individuals absorb in natural sunlight.
Solofeet Foot Tanner was developed as a convenient mini foot tanning
bed that can be used comfortably and easily in your own home.
Q: What is the difference between the Solafeet ST-400 foot tanner and the ìTootsie Tannerî?
A: Foot tanning effectiveness is proportional to the square of the distance from the tanning bulbs. This means that skin 2 inches from the bulb instead of 1 inch from the bulb will receive one-fourth of the tanning effectiveness. Using reflectors only works if the reflectors are very close to the bulbs, since the light has to travel to the reflector and back, doubling the distance. So all of the foot must be as close to the bulbs as possible in order to achieve an even tan. A design like the ìTootsie Tannerî, with a light source over the top of the feet and reflective material under the feet, will not tan the sides, backs, or insides of the ankles. These are the areas most people want to tan.
Tanning bulbs also put out a lot of heat. This is why the Solafeet ST-400 utilizes a UV-transparent shield to protect the feet from the hot bulbs. Any good design (like all commercial tanning beds) should provide protection from the hot bulbs with a UV-transparent shield.
Q: How many sessions will it take for my feet to become tan?
A: Producing a tan from sunless feet takes 5-10 days of sessions, depending on the type of skin you have.
Q: How long is each tanning session?
A: We recommend tanning your feet with a 15 minute session after every round of golf.
Q: Do I need to wear protective eyewear?
A: Yes, the Solafeet ST-400 comes with a pair of goggles that can be worn, or, shield your eyes from direct or indirect exposure to the tanning bulbs with a non-translucent material such as a blanket or pillow over your knees.
Q: Should I keep my feet completely still while they are in the tanning unit?
A: No, insert both bare feet into the foot cavities, moving the feet around during tanning helps to achieve an even tan.
Q: How long can my foot tanning session last?
A: Consult the tanning chart in the instruction manual to determine the tanning exposure for your skin type.
Q: Can I turn the tanning unit off before the time is up?
A: To turn the tanning bulbs off before the end of the tanning cycle, rotate the timing dial counter-clockwise to the 12 O'clock position until it clicks.
Q: What if my sock-line is higher than my ankle, will I be able to tan higher on my leg?
A: The base of the ST-400 is removable to allow the top (containing the tanning bulbs) to be raised to the desired height.
Q: What is the proper way to clean the Solafeet T-400?
A: Use a mild detergent that does not contain oxidizing agents with a non-abrasive cloth.
Q: How long do the bulbs last and what is the replacement cost?
A: The bulbs will operate for 300 hours. Genuine Wolff Systems replacement bulbs can be purchased from us for $12.95 ea. (4 per unit) + $5.95 s/h.
It all started when my wife Colleen came home from golf after having used tanning cream on her feet. When she took off her socks, her feet were white streaked orange with brown rings on each toenail. Her socks were now orange as well. Wearing sandals after golf was of course impossible. In frustration she looked at me and said: "Why can't you find me something to tan my feet in all of those goofy magazines you read?" I looked back at her and something just clicked in my head and I said: "Honey, I don't think they make one of those."
I did a patent search and a web search which turned up no feasible products to tan your feet with tanning lamps. This started a 6 year effort to design, test, patent, test, patent, test, design, manufacture molds, and test until the SOLAFEET ST-400 model could be produced. Early on in the process, Wolff Systems lent their expertise to help steer us to the optimal design which saved us a lot of time and effort. They continue to be a major source of expertise in our continuing relationship.
When my wife and I started, we had only one rule for the project. Whatever we developed at whatever cost, IT HAD TO WORK! IT HAD TO TAN YOUR FEET! This may sound obvious but we purchased a couple of portable tanning units early on and were dumbfounded that someone would sell something that not only didn't work but might even be dangerous to use. In designing a foot tanner device, there are FDA restrictions on the amount of UV radiation that you can be exposed to in any period of time, which relate to the time it would take to produce a sunburn with very light skin. Of course the whole idea of tanning your feet is not only looks, but also to produce a suntan, which is the body's protection against sunburn.