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UV & LED Dryer For Nails: Best Nail Lamps For Curing Nail Polish Quickly

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 5 min

A crucial part of gel nail application is curing the polish. By missing this step, you’ll end up with a messy mani, and it’ll be impossible to achieve that salon finish we’re all about. Having a LED or UV dryer for your nails is essential.

Luckily for you, Mylee has some of the best nail lamps out there that cure and dry your polish quickly, easily and safely. Paired with our Mylee polishes and nail extension gels, they help to create glossy and long-lasting results every single time.

In this post, we’ll talk you through our professional nail lamps and how to use them for the absolute best results.

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The Best Nail Lamps for Gel Nails from Mylee

Having a good quality nail lamp is actually really important for achieving a flawless finish for your mani, which is why we’ve developed what we consider to be one of the best LED nail lamps out there.

A cheap or poor-quality lamp won’t properly cure or harden the gel, leaving the polish wet and tacky, making it difficult to work with and prone to smudging.

Our Mylee LED Nail Lamps cure gel nail polish perfectly, allowing you to create flawless, long-lasting results with minimal effort.

Mylee Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

Whether you’re a professional nail artist or you love doing your nails at home, the Mylee Pro LED Lamp is a must-have in your nail kit.

It uses innovative technology that can either flash-cure or fully cure gel polish, resulting in a flawless finish.

The lamp has an innovative convex design that maximises the light’s contact with your nails as a result of the curved mirrors, curing them quickly and evenly. You can even cure your thumb at the same time.

It features three timer settings and pre-sets to suit different curing cycles and is also suitable for pedis.

It’s equipped with a removable metal tray that makes cleaning the nail lamp after each use really easy.

With an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan, it doesn't get much better than this.

The lamp is available in two sleek colours: white and black, so you can choose whichever best matches your gel nail station.

Mylee 4 X Mylee 9W Replacement UV Lamp Bulbs

Need a bulb replacement for your Mylee UV lamp? Don't worry; we've got you covered here, too.

This replacement pack of four 9W bulbs are not only fantastic value, but they are lightweight and compact.

Firmly insert the bulb in your lamp until you hear an audible click. This lets you know that you have installed them successfully.

Over time, your bulbs may become damaged or start to fade, so a replacement pack can certainly save the day.

But What’s the Difference Between a LED and UV Nail Lamp?

It’s a question we’re asked quite often: what’s the difference between a LED and UV nail lamp? And which is better?

We have an entire blog post covering the ins and outs of these questions, but the simplest answer is they’re essentially one and the same.

Both types of nail lamps emit UV rays, but the biggest difference is the wavelength of these rays. An LED nail lamp will cure gel nails quicker because they emit shorter wavelengths than a UV nail lamp.

Mylee LED Nail Lamp Curing Times
Flash Curing 15 seconds
Fully Curing 30 to 60 seconds

So, as a very short answer, LED lamps work faster than UV lamps.

Should I Choose an LED Gel Nail Lamp Over a UV Lamp?

For all our Mylee gel polish wearers, we always recommend using the Mylee LED Lamps, as we can only guarantee full and proper curing of our polish when using our lamps.

Plus, an LED lamp will cure your mani quicker, so that’s certainly a winner in our eyes.

Mylee LED Convex LED Lamp UV Nail Lamps
Emits UV Rays Emits UV Rays
Shorter wavelength = quicker curing time Longer wavelength = longer curing time
50,000 hours of bulb life 4,000 hours of bulb life (Average)

Shop the Best Nail Lamps at Mylee

Our Mylee Pro Series Convex LED Lamp is a truly essential part of any gel nail kit, both for at-home and professional salon use.

Thanks to its advanced convex design, your mani will be cured evenly and quickly, so you can enjoy your mani for longer (up to 3 weeks)!


Do LED Nail Dryers Work On Regular Nail Polish?

LED & UV lamps do not work on regular nail polish, only gel polish. This is because gel polishes contain a polymer. The polish will not settle without curing under an LED or UV light. You must air dry regular nail polish rather than using a light. If you pop it under a lamp - nothing will happen!

Do Nail Polish Dryers Cure Gel Polish?

Nail lamps with either a UV or LED light will cure or harden Mylee gel polish. Either the LED or UV Lamp will cure Mylee Gel Polish (as well as builder gel and polygel). The light is needed as gel products contain polymer, which will struggle to harden without being cured under a light. Before purchasing a nail polish dryer, you should consider the products that you use, whether that be regular polish or gel.

Are UV Gel Polish Dryers Harmful To Your Skin?

Both UV and LED lamps emit very small amounts of UV rays. While overexposure to UV rays has been known to cause damage to the skin, studies have found that the amount of UV rays emitted by a UV or LED lamp is very minimal, and therefore nail lamps are safe to use. We've written a fantastic blog on this topic that helpfully explains the difference between LED & UV lamps and the type of light they emit.

What's The Difference Between UV & LED Nail Lamps?

LED lamps use similar but more efficient technology than UV lamps. LED lamps set polish in under half the time of UV lamps. They do not generate heat or emit UVAs or UVBs. UV lamps also require you to replace bulbs, unlike LED lamps. Read our UV vs Nail lamp guide, which covers this in more detail and looks at price comparison between UV and LED nail maps.

Can You Cure Gel Polish With A Hairdryer?

No, you cannot use any nail products with a hairdryer, and this is something you should avoid at all costs. Hairdryers can actually do more damage to your nails than good. If you want to dry them properly, you should always use a UV or LED lamp and never use a hair dryer with gel or regular varnish or polish. It's the light that cures the gel, so the heat won't cure gel polish.

How Long Does It Take To Get Your Nails Dry With A Nail Dryer?

Our Mylee Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp, can take as little as 15 seconds to flash cure your nail art and 30 to 60 seconds to cure Mylee gel polish. UV lamps, on the other hand, take a little bit longer – around 120 seconds.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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