So you want to know how long to cure gel nails with an LED light?
While the answer can vary slightly depending on the model of led nail lamp you are using and the brand of gel polish, we can give you a few rules of thumb that will get you up and going with your new LED nail lamp in no time.
How Long To Cure Gel Nails With LED Light
As I already mentioned, how long you cure your gel nails with an LED light can vary depending on a number of factors.
Believe it or not, the best way to get the right answer is to look up the instructions for your fav gel polish brands.
But…. we will provide you with some ‘rule of thumb’ numbers here to get you going nice and quick.
Average Gel Base Coat Curing Time: 10 seconds with an LED Light
Average Gel Color and Top Coat Curing Time: 30 seconds with an LED Light
Important LED Nail Lamp Info
When it comes time to upgrade your old UV nail lamp to a new LED nail lamp there are a few things that you should be aware of so that you do not get caught out.
Do Your Research
Not all LED nail lamps are created equal, do your research and choose an LED nail lamp that is right for you.
To save my fingers hours of typing, check out our post on the best nail lamps to see which brands we think are the best – and why.
Not all gel polishes are compatible with LED Nail Lamps
While most of the best gel nail polishes will have no problems with an LED light, not all brands will cure properly under an led nail lamp.
This is due to the fact that most LED lamps emit light at a different wavelength to your traditional UV nail lamp. Without getting into all the technical details, what this means is that some gel polishes simply will not cure under man LED nail lamps.
If you are unsure whether your favorite brand of gel polish will work with an LED lamp, you can check on their website to see if its LED compatible or purchase a lamp with “smart lights”. These smart lights put out a much wider wavelength of light and should cure most gel polishes.
You can learn more about which nail lamps have smart lights in the comparison table on this page.