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How do I choose the Right Exposure Unit?

Posted by Mary on 9/6/2017

Currently in the screen printing industry, there are 3 main types of exposure units - UV, LED, and Halide lamp exposure units. Figuring out which one would be the best fit for your shop can be a confusing experience so we have listed some of the key differences.  

The most economical choice is a UV exposure unit, often available in a tabletop model or with a stand.  They are reliable and easy to use and maintain. They offer great performance and versatility at the best price.  This is an excellent choice for a startup shop or those looking for value. 

LED exposure units are relatively new to the industry.  They offer greater energy efficiency, lighter weight, longer bulb life, and can significantly decrease exposure times when used with the proper emulsions.  This type of exposure unit is recommended for higher production shops or those who desire better performance than UV units. 


Lastly, Halide lamp exposure units are the workhorse of the most demanding shop environments.  They offer larger size exposure areas and the highest resolution exposures available.  They have a short 'warm-up' time and they can offer extremely fast exposure times once in use.  

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