SolRx 1000-Series

Full Body Panel  
Models:  1790, 1780, 1760, 1740

home-phototherapy-6138Convenient, effective, and economical; these are the reasons why, since 1992, thousands of patients have chosen and found relief using the SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel for UVB home phototherapy.

An independent medical study has shown that these Solarc designed and manufactured devices are “very effective in comparison with hospital therapy.” The study confirms that “all patients on home therapy were satisfied with their treatment, plan to continue it, and recommend it to others in similar situations.” Click here to learn more.

These 6-foot high full-body units use exactly the same Philips UVB-Narrowband /01 (311 nm) medical lamps, as do phototherapy clinics throughout the world. UVB-NB is by far the most common waveband used by dermatologists for treating skin disorders.   

Treatments are taken on one side, and then the other. Decades of experience have shown that this is the most practical and cost effective system for home phototherapy, and many dermatologists use these units as well. The SolRx 1000‑Series has proven to be the best solution for nearly everyone.

 

Solarc’s 1000‑Series “Narrowband-UVB” units use Philips TL100W/01‑FS72 (311 nm) bulbs. These are by far the most common UVB-NB bulbs used in North America. Solarc Systems is Canada’s only Philips authorized OEM and distributor for these medical lamps. We are located near Barrie, Ontario, Canada; about 1 hour north of Toronto. Come visit our showroom!

These are the same devices successfully used in the University of Ottawa Division of Dermatology medical study: “Are Narrow-Band Ultraviolet B Home Units a Viable Option for Continuous or Maintenance Therapy of Photoresponsive Diseases?”

Solarc Systems is ISO-13485 certified for the design and manufacturing of medical ultraviolet phototherapy equipment. All SolRx devices are US-FDA and Health Canada compliant.

All products are designed and manufactured in Canada. The SolRx 1000‑Series was designed in 1992 by a lifelong psoriasis patient, professional engineer, and ongoing user of SolRx products. Many thousands of devices have been sold worldwide.

Design Concept

The key to the SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel is how it distributes the light. Your body is not flat so the device has parabolic reflectors behind the two outermost bulbs to amplify their output and increase the amount of light delivered to the sides of your body. Combined with the central band of the unit that does not have a reflector (the white band down the centre where the timer and labels are located), there is a great improvement in the evenness and symmetry of light distribution across your body. This is clearly shown in the picture where the outer bulbs appear much wider than the inner bulbs.

This design also makes for a relatively wide unit (29″ overall), providing adequate coverage for larger people. The width across the outer lamps is very wide: 22.5″ center to center, compared to only 14″ for one of our competitor’s model!

The various 1000-Series models all use the same main frame, and differ only in the waveband type and number of ultraviolet bulbs. Within the model number, the third digit indicates the number of bulbs. For example, a 1760 has 6 bulbs. The suffix describes the waveband type with UVB-NB being by far the most common. 

A device with more bulbs provides shorter treatment times. It follows that the best device value can be determined by simply comparing their cost-per-watt. For example, for a 1790UVB-NB, divide its cost by its 1000 watts of power, and compare it to that of other competitive units. The 1000‑Series generally always has the lowest cost-per-watt and the highest value.

The pictures below describe the various models.
See also our Selection Guide.

1790UVB-NB
10 Bulbs, 1000 Watts

Increasingly in popularity, our most powerful device will provide the shortest treatment times. It is the best choice for treating darker skinned psoriasis patients, or for those with a previous history of needing larger UVB-Narrowband doses. If a patient is known to be responsive to Narrowband UVB, and if cost is not an issue, the 1790UVB‑NB would be preferred. It provides the lowest cost per bulb of all SolRx UVB-Narrowband devices.

1780UVB-NB
8 Bulbs, 800 Watts

Our most popular 1000-Series device. The 1780UVB‑NB provides reasonable treatment times for most psoriasis patients (1 to 5 minutes per side), and ample power for vitiligo or eczema treatment. It is also available in a 220 to 240 volt version called the 1780UVB‑NB‑230V.

1760UVB-NB
6 Bulbs, 600 Watts

The 1760UVB‑NB is a good choice for psoriasis treatment of patients with lighter skin, or for any vitiligo or eczema patient. For only a small increase in cost, the 1760 has 50% more bulbs than the 1740, and that means much shorter treatment times.

1740UVB-NB
4 Bulbs, 400 Watts

The 1740UVB‑NB is the least powerful 1000‑Series UVB-Narrowband device. It is suitable for people that require lower dosages, such as vitiligo patients. Alternatively, consider the E‑Series in a “1M+1A” configuration, which has the same number of bulbs and is about the same price, but is “multidirectional” and can be expanded by adding more devices in the future.

Note: The 1740 and 1760 are also available as UVB-Broadband using FS72T12/UVB/HO bulbs. These 4-bulb and 6-bulb devices provide short treatment times with relatively few bulbs because UVB-Broadband has 4 to 5 times more skin burning potential than UVB-Narrowband. The 1740UVB is the original SolRx device first made in 1992 and many are still in use today. The 1760UVB is a very powerful UVB-Broadband device that is valued for its ability to later be converted into a reasonably powerful 6-bulb UVB-Narrowband device. It is important to note that today UVB-Broadband is a relative rarity, with UVB-Narrowband being used by the vast majority of clinics and home-users. For more information regarding UVB-Broadband versus UVB-Narrowband, please visit our Understanding Narrowband UVB Phototherapy webpage.

An important feature of the SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel is that the bulbs are as close to the floor as absolutely possible, minimizing the need for you to stand on a platform to treat the lower portion of your legs and the top of your feet. Most competitive units are raised up much higher from the floor, making a platform necessary for many patients. This picture shows that the dimension from the bottom of the fluorescent tube glass to the floor is only about 2 inches.

The device is usually mounted flat up against a wall, and at only 3 1/2 inches thick, it takes an absolute minimum of space in your home. The bottom rests on the floor, and the top is fastened to the wall using two simple brackets as shown.

The 1000-Series unit can also be mounted in a corner, but this takes more floor space and if anything is dropped behind the device, it may have to be dismounted for retrieval.

The mounting brackets are permanently fastened to the top of the unit at the back, and are simply rotated into position when needed. Two screws and two drywall anchors are supplied to make the connection. It is not necessary that the screws be fastened to a wall stud because the unit’s weight is entirely on the floor. The brackets basically only keep the unit from falling forward. Nonetheless, it is important that they be installed.

The bottom of the unit has four heavy-duty rubber bumpers to rest on the floor. It is acceptable for the device to rest on a carpeted floor.

The SolRx 1000-Series device uses a standard 3-prong grounded wall outlet available in most homes in North America (120 Volts AC, 60 Hertz, single phase, NEMA 5-15P plug). There are no special electrical requirements. For those with 220 to 240 volt supply power, Solarc makes the 1780UVB‑NB‑230V. 

The device is hand assembled using plated machine screws with nylon insert locknuts wherever possible. These locknuts ensure that the joints stay tight and the unit retains rigidity. The device is shipped fully assembled.

The result is a durable product with compact dimensions and reasonable weight. One person can normally handle the unit, grasping it from behind as shown. However, it is preferred that two persons handle it, one at each end. If care is taken, the device can be moved with the bulbs in place.

Ultraviolet Bulbs & UV Wavebands

The SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel can interchangeably use any of the following bulb types, each providing a different waveband of ultraviolet light. Unless noted, these bulbs are the North American “FS72” length (nominally 6 feet) and use “recessed double contact” (RDC) endpins to prevent their use in cosmetic tanning devices.

UVB Narrowband Philips TL100W/01‑FS72
These are the “short” version of Philips 6-foot UVB-Narrowband bulbs. They are designed to be interchangeable with the North American “FS72” length bulb. Note: Philips also makes slightly longer version of their 6-foot UVB-Narrowband bulb called the TL100W/01. They are about ½ inch longer and will fit into the 1000-Series, but rather tightly.

UVB Broadband FS72T12/UVB/HO
In this case, Solarc private label, made in the USA. UVB-Broadband has 4 to 5 times more skin burning potential than UVB-Narrowband, so treatment times are typically quite short and greater care is needed to avoid sunburn. 

UVA (PUVA) F72T12/BL/HO
In this case, Light Sources brand, made in the USA. While these UVA bulbs are interchangeable, Solarc does not actively sell any 1000‑Series UVA devices. No User’s Manuals are available. PUVA users will have to consult with their physician for treatment protocols.

UVA1 Philips TL100W/10R
The Philips TL100W/10R UVA1 bulb is about ½ inch longer than the other FS72 length bulbs, and after adding the necessary RDC adapters they will fit into the 1000-Series, but rather tightly. Solarc does not actively sell any 1000‑Series UVA1 devices. No User’s Manuals are available.

Click here for more info on phototherapy bulbs.

Narrowband UVB is well established as the phototherapeutic treatment of choice for psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema. More than 99% of SolRx devices use this waveband. To learn more, Click here to go to our “Understanding Narrowband UVB” article.

The guards on either side of the unit swing open to access the bulbs. The sides of the guards are held in place with three Velcro pads.

The anodized aluminum reflectors behind the bulbs reflect about 90% of the incident UVB light and are mirror-like in appearance. They greatly improve the device’s total UV light output.

Product Features: Timer, Switchlock, Electrical

The controls for the SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel are simple and straightforward, as confirmed by an independent medical study which stated: “Twenty-three patients (92%) felt that the ease of operation of the home unit was high, and only two patients said that it was average.”

A digital countdown timer provides dosage control to the second and has a maximum time setting of 20:00 minutes:seconds. A very useful feature of this timer is that it always remembers the last time setting, even if power is removed for a long period of time. This means that you will always have your last treatment time setting for reference. The time is set by simply pressing the up or down arrow keys, and the lights are turned on/off by pressing the START/STOP button. The lights turn off automatically when the timer counts down to 00:00, and then the display resets to the last time setting. The timer’s red display is easily seen through the amber-coloured patient goggles supplied. The timer does not require prescription refills from your doctor. The timer’s output relay carries a UL-508 [NEMA-410] ten Amp (10Amp) “Ballast” rating and has been tested by Solarc in a 1790 (8 Amps) for more than 30,000 on-off cycles – that’s 2 treatments per day for 41 years. The timer is top quality, UL/ULc certified, and made in the USA.

A keyed switchlock is the main power disconnect for the device. By removing and hiding the key, unauthorized use can be prevented. This is an important feature, especially if children are around because mistaking this medical UVB device for a UVA tanning machine can have serious consequences.

The labels are made from Lexan® and will not fade.

The back cover is held by 12 screws and can be removed to expose the electrical components. The power supply cord is 3 metres long (10 feet), minimizing the chances that you will need an extension cord.

With the back cover removed, you can see, from the top: the timer, switchlock and ballasts (4 for this 1780UVB‑NB). Modern high-frequency electronic ballasts are used to maximize UV light power and minimize weight. All electrical components are UL/ULc/CSA certified and readily serviceable with common tools. 

For maximum durability, the frame is made from 20 gauge steel (about as thick as a dime) and then powder painted white to create a beautiful, long lasting finish. There are a minimum of plastic parts to UV-age, crack and break.

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User’s Manual & Treatment Method

A critically important feature of the SolRx‑1000 Series Full Body Panel is its comprehensive User’s Manual. It has been relentlessly developed for over 25 years by actual device users and vetted by a variety of dermatology professionals. It includes a wealth of information so you can maximize your treatment results. Most importantly, it includes detailed Exposure Guideline Tables with treatment times for: psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis (eczema). The tables provide a complete treatment protocol based on your skin type (not applicable for vitiligo), the power of the device, and the UVB waveband. The User’s Manual also includes:

  • Warnings about who should not use the device (phototherapy contraindications) 
  • General warnings about UVB phototherapy and equipment safety
  • Installation considerations, assembly, and setup 
  • How to determine your skin type
  • Body positioning and other tips
  • Treatment procedure
  • Psoriasis long term maintenance program
  • Device maintenance, bulb replacement, and troubleshooting
  • Several years of Solarc’s unique phototherapy calendar, so you can keep track of your treatments 

The value of this User’s Manual has been recognized by the Ottawa home phototherapy study which stated: “Nurses and dermatologists who do not operate a phototherapy center should be aware of the detailed instructions provided by Solarc Systems. Their [the dermatologist’s] role becomes more one of professional follow-up rather than one of education on the operation of the home unit.” The 1000‑Series User’s Manual is available in English, French, and Spanish. It is printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and bound in a 3-hole folder so you can easily photocopy pages if needed.

The following pictures show some of the possible treatment positions. For all positions, the patient maintains a minimum distance of 8 to 12 inches from the bulbs.

The traditional treatment positions for home phototherapy using a panel is first with the front side of the body facing the device. The position is held until the time expires. Note the coverage provided by this 1000‑Series unit. The model is 5ft-10in and 185lbs.

Then the patient turns around, restarts the timer and treats the back side. It is important that the ultraviolet protective goggles always be used. For males, unless affected, it is recommended that both the penis and scrotum be covered using a sock. 

For people that need treatment on their sides, this could be another position. The arm is held up to allow the light to reach the side of the torso. The hand could be used to cover the side of the face.

There are many alternative methods. With practice, the patient can develop a custom positioning system to apply light to those areas needing it the most. An important consideration is to avoid significantly overlapping treatment sides, which could result in local overexposure and sunburning.

Some people may wish to reduce the amount of light applied to the face. This can be done by wearing a mask or blocking the light with your hands as shown here.

Here is another way to block the face using the hands. In this case, the elbows are getting maximum exposure because they are closest to the light source.

To further minimize light to the face and more fully treat the lower leg, a sturdy stool can be used.

Other areas of the body can be protected by simply wearing clothing. The clothing could be modified by cutting some of it away to expose certain areas.

Very specific body sites can be targeted with a panel. In this case, the outside of the right leg is getting maximum exposure.

Or in this case, the left elbow and left knee are being targeted. There are many, many possibilities.

Scope of Supply (What You Get)

The SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel is supplied with everything that you need to start your treatments, including:

  • The SolRx 1000‑Series device; fully assembled and tested per Solarc Systems’ ISO-13485 quality system.
  • New ultraviolet bulbs, burned-in, and ready for use.
  • The SolRx 1000‑Series User’s Manual in your choice of English, French, or Spanish; with detailed exposure guidelines for psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis (eczema).
  • One set of amber colour UV protective goggles with clear plastic storage tube for use during treatments.
  • Two keys for the switchlock.
  • Mounting hardware: 2 screws and 2 drywall anchors.
  • Heavy-duty export grade packaging.
  • Home Phototherapy Product Warranty: 4 years on the device; 1 year on the UV bulbs.
  • Home Phototherapy Arrival Guarantee: Protects you in the unlikely event the unit arrives damaged.
  • Shipping to most locations in Canada.

There is nothing else you need to purchase to begin your treatments.

Please see the pictures below for more details.

All devices include a new set of fluorescent ultraviolet bulbs, with the Philips UVB-Narrowband TL100W/01-FS72 being by far the most common. The bulbs are burned-in, tested to ensure proper UV output, and ready use. But first read the User’s Manual!

The device includes the valuable SolRx User’s Manual, one set of UV blocking goggles, two keys, two mounting screws, and two drywall inserts. It is very important that you read the User’s Manual before operating the device.

Solarc’s Home Phototherapy Product Warranty is 4 years on the device and 1 year on the UVB bulbs. Our Arrival Guarantee means that in the unlikely event that your unit arrives damaged, Solarc will send the replacement parts at no charge. For more information, please visit our Warranty / Arrival Guarantee webpage.

Shipping is included to most locations in Canada. Extra charges apply for “beyond points”. SolRx 1000-Series devices are always in stock, so you will get your unit quickly. In Ontario, this normally means next day delivery. In Canada-East and Canada-West, shipments are usually delivered in 3-5 days. Tracking numbers are provided by email when the device is shipped.

The device is fully assembled and packaged in a heavy-duty box with interior foam bolsters. The box is about the size of a single mattress for sleeping (80″ x 34″ x 8″). The unit is shipped with the bulbs in place. Unpacking instructions are provided on the outside of the box. Removal and setup takes 10 to 20 minutes and can be done by a single person, but is easier with the help of a friend. All packing materials are recyclable.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Solarc Systems are available to answer your questions in English, French, or Spanish. We are genuinely interested in your success. We are real patients, just like you!

Summary

Since 1992, the SolRx 1000‑Series Full Body Panel has proven to be a convenient, effective, and economical long-term solution for skin disorders, and an excellent alternative to hospital phototherapy.

This quality device has provided drug-free relief for thousands of psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema patients worldwide; and in doing so, has become the de facto standard for UVB home phototherapy. 

These units are designed for maximum long term utility in a compact, cost effective package.

The key features of the SolRx 1000-Series are:

Compact Dimensions: The device takes up an absolute minimum of floor space in your home. It’s easy to handle and built tough.

Efficient Design: Parabolic reflectors on the outer bulbs improve the evenness of UV light delivered to your body.

Bulbs Close to Floor: Minimizes the need for you to stand on a platform to treat the lower leg and tops of feet.

Interchangeable Wavebands: In case you ever need to change your treatment protocol, the device can accept UVB-Narrowband, UVB-Broadband, UVA, and UVA1 bulbs.

User’s Manual: Includes exposure guideline tables with actual treatment times. Critically important to the safe and effective use of the device.

Medically Proven: The Ottawa Home Phototherapy Study has proven the effectiveness of this device. “All patients on home therapy were satisfied with their treatment.”

Superior Warranty: 4 years on the device, 1 year on the bulbs, plus our exclusive Arrival Guarantee. Made in Canada.

Free Shipping: To most locations in Canada. Devices are always in stock, so you can get yours quickly.

1790UVB-NB

$2895
  • Full Body Panel
  • 10 Bulbs (1000 Watts)
  • Maximum Power
  • Shortest Treatment Times
  • 4 Year Warranty
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1760UVB-NB

$2295
  • Full Body Panel
  • 6 Bulbs (600 Watts)
  • Good Power at a Lower Cost
  • Reasonable Treatment Times
  • 4 Year Warranty
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1740UVB-NB

$1995
  • Full Body
  • 4 Bulbs (400 Watts)
  • For Lighter Skin Patients
  • Lowest Cost
  • 4 Year Warranty
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