How to Power your Tanning Bed

Posted by Stephanie Junek on

So, you got a home tanning bed and you don’t know how to power it?  First, you will need to determine if your bed requires a 120 Volt or a 240 Volt power source.  You will need to search the products user manual or product tags to figure out which type of voltage is required to run your specific tanning bed model. 

It is suggested by tanning bed manufacturers to keep one bed on its own individual circuit breaker or they will likely trip the breaker causing you other problems. 

The power sources most likely needed to power your home tanning bed will be one of the three NEMA 5-15R, NEMA 5-20R, or NEMA 6-20R receptacles. 

120 Volt Bed 240 Volt Bed

NEMA 5-15R Outlet

NEMA 5-15R Pin Image

15 Amp Circuit Breaker Required for a bed with 16 lamps or less. 

NEMA 6-20R Outlet

NEMA 6-20R Pin Image

20 Amp Circuit Breaker Required for a bed with any number of lamps installed.  

NEMA  5-20R Outlet

NEMA 5-20R Image

20 Amp Circuit Breaker Required for a bed with more than 16 lamps.


Tanning beds have so many internal electrical components and are expensive which means it is a good idea to protect your investment.  Not only have you invested in the bed and lamps but depending on the bed type, you may have also invested in an electrician to set up the correct power source you need for your bed to run properly and safely.

To keep your tanning bed safe during unforeseen events like lightning strikes, power surges or spikes in power for any reason, grab a surge protector from your local hardware store.  We do have a surge protector option available for your NEMA 5-15R power source.  It is also a great residential use power strip with rotating outlets, keeping your cords organized.  Of course, you can protect your bed easily by unplugging it when not in use.

NEMA 5-20R Outlet

If you are looking to create a NEMA 5-20R outlet from your standard home outlet we offer a compact adapter [XH515520] that will do the trick. 

We can provide a solution for powering your bed using either style dryer outlet.  The two household dryer outlets, depending on the age of your home, are NEMA 10-30R, which is an old style 3-prong dryer outlet.  You might also have a new style 4-prong dryer outlet installed in your home which would provide a NEMA 14-30R, replacing the old-style outlet. 

For the 4-prong NEMA 14-30R outlet you could use our AD1430620 compact adapter to power your bed and for the 3-prong NEMA 10-30R outlet, you will want to use our AD1030620 adapter.  We also have other solutions to plug into an electric range outlet, welder outlet, and more. 

We recommend contacting your certified electrician to have your circuit breakers or 240 Volt outlets installed.  You can contact us and use our FREE consultation program to figure out the best solution for powering a tanning bed in your home. 

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Stephanie Junek | Cordtec Power Corp Marketing and Brand Manager

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  • My tanning bed plug is a 6-20p Can I use an adaptor to plug it into my house wall to make it work?

    Cassidy on
  • Noel, it would be easier if you can email this question to for help. Our sales engineer will be able to help you with this very specific question. Thank you for reaching out to us.

    Stephanie on
  • I just got a older Wolff tanning bed, it’s a 50 amp voltage is 125/ 250 ok, so can I go from a 50to 30&30 to 110

    Noel on
  • Hello Amanda. What transformer box are you using? What plug does the tanning bed come with? What outlet are you trying to use it with? Does it pop a breaker? We don’t directly deal with tanning beds. We offer adapters and cords that work with them. I would ask the previous owner about it or have an electrician take a look.

    Christopher on
  • I received a tanning bed. It’s 1999 sunvision 24s. It’s in my basement. I am having trouble getting it going. I have a transformer box, adapter etc. when it’s all plugged in nothing happens. The timer is a manual dial timer. I do t even hear clicking. Need some advice to get it going.

    Amanda on

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