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When bulbs are brand new, they are at peak strength. A bulb stays close to this peak strength for the first 150 - 250 hours. After that, typical tanning bed bulbs strength drops sharply. It stays at this point for 400-500 hours of use, and then starts to lose intensity until it has no tanning power at all.
To replace your bulbs, call the manufacturer or talk with a local tanning bed retailer. Get the correct bulbs and you should be able to easily pop them in and out of place. In most cases you should be able to replace your tanning bed bulbs on your own.