The History of SPERTI
Dr. George Speri Sperti to the present day.
Dr. George Sperti has an entry in Wikipedia, below is an excerpt:
graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1923. Shortly afterwards
he was named Director of the Research Laboratory. His invention of an
Ultraviolet "Vitamin D" lamp to irradiate milk to add Vitamin D without
changing the flavor was sold to General Foods for US $300,000. Sperti
donated the entire amount to the University to continue basic research,
and went on to develop a successful business line of ultraviolet
sunlamps." - To view his full Wikipedia article click here.
SUNLAMP was founded by Dr. George Sperti. Dr. Sperti was the recipient
of numerous degrees and awards for his work in the advancement of
ultraviolet science. As a result of this work, he founded SPERTI SUNLAMP
to manufacture ultraviolet bulbs and appliances for the general public.
graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University
of Cincinnati. Immediately his talents and intellect were well respected
and he began conducting scientific research and trying to create
inventions while still a student.
1933...SPERTI SUNLAMPS were
first manufactured at 424 E. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. These
lamps were screw-in bulbs consisting of a tungsten filament and small
mercury arc. They were approximately 100 watts and were primarily used
as reading lamps. They did not produce a tan, but were intended to
provide the user with full spectrum, healthful radiation for everyday
1937...Full spectrum bulbs were discontinued and replaced
with lamps intended to produce a tan. This product was called a medium
pressure arc lamp. During this era, the sunlamp company was called
Science Laboratories, Inc. At this point, Dr. Sperti's research
pioneered developmental data supporting Vitamin D production in human
skin when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.
1939...The name of the company was changed to Sperti Products.
lamp making business outgrew the facilities on Fourth Street and
relocated to larger quarters. The sunlamp was changed to what is called a
high-pressure mercury arc lamp. This type of product became Dr.
Sperti's primary product.
1942...The name of the company was
changed to SPERTI, INC. During the war years, SPERTI, INC. manufactured
various instruments for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force (bomb sites,
mercury switches, distance sites and gauges). The only tanning lamps
manufactured during the war were for military purposes.
INC purchased Faraday, Inc. (Adrian, MI), a small manufacturing
company. The ultraviolet tubes were made in Cincinnati and shipped to
Adrian, MI for final appliance assembly. The name of the company became
1950...SPERTI-FARADAY purchased Cooper Hewitt Electric Co., Hoboken, NJ.
tube production was moved from Cincinnati to Cooper Hewitt in Hoboken,
NJ. The appliance was made in Adrian, MI until 1958, when all production
was centralized in Hoboken. The Adrian, MI business location was sold.
1963...All production was moved to Northern Kentucky, where SPERTI products continue to be manufactured.
SUNLAMP was purchased by KBD, INC., a Kentucky held corporation. KBD is
a successful manufacturing company with abundant capital resources and
management experience. KBD owners, Kathy and Jim Shepherd, continue to
improve SPERTI ultraviolet products for marketing in the health and
2004… KBD, Inc. purchased a larger manufacturing
facility allowing additional space required for continued growth of
2006...KBD, Inc., manufacturers of SPERTI
products, reintroduced to the marketplace the D/UV appliance designed
for the production of Vitamin D in the human body. KBD expanded the
product line to include appliances for the treatment of Seasonal
Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).
fluorescent technology to our family of Vitamin D products, and added
multi-voltage capabilities (220V-110V) to our UV lamps allowing
world-wide marketing and sales.
2011….KBD/SPERTI introduced the
FIJI TABLE TOP FLUORESCENT SUNLAMP. This unit provides increased area of
coverage, cooler operating temperatures and immediate restart
capability. With the multi-voltage capabilities (220V-110V) the FIJI SUN
is attractive to individuals around the world.
continued the progression of fluorescent technology into its
Phototherapy products. The PH-36F (Psoriasis unit) not only contains
fluorescent technology, it includes longer bulb life, cooler operation,
lighter weight and multi-voltage usage. The spectral output has NOT been
altered and continues to offer affordable home treatment for Psoriasis.
2013 - 2015: Vitamin D deficiency and the many benefits of healthy Vitamin D levels became a popular and trending health subject in the USA and worldwide during these years. This Vitamin D enlightenment along with some good press about our Vitamin D Lamp has made it very popular. Our Vitamin D Lamp has also received the endorsement of several prestigious Doctors including internationally renowned Vitamin D expert: Dr. Michael Holick.
2016 and onward: ... KBD/SPERTI will continue to grow and introduce our quality sunlamp products within the USA market and internationally, and we also continue our marketing expansion into the health care industry.
Sperti currently manufactures three types of UV sunlamps.
FIJI Sun Tanning Lamp - $319
The Vitamin D Lamp - $425
PH-36F Psoriasis Lamp - $389
model represents a substantial purchase price even when buying factory
direct, so we’ll provide some company and product information below to
assist in your buying decision.
We understand it can be
difficult to determine the quality of construction when you can’t touch
the unit with an online store, so we provide quality photos and
specifications, plus we have posted video clips of each unit onto YouTube. Our YouTube videos (links listed on sunlamp product pages) allow you to get a better visual inspection of our quality sunlamps. You can
find all of this product information on the individual product detail
pages. Also, pay attention to the weight and dimensions of the units
and you can see they are made with sturdy construction.
models (Fiji Sun, PH-36F, D/UV-F) are made here in the USA. The factory
is located in Crescent Springs, KY. Note: one of the bulbs used is made
overseas in Europe and imported to.
Mechanical: The units are
basic as far as operating parts, the timer dial is the only moving part.
All of these UV Sunlamps have the same quality materials and
construction, and the units simply do not just break or just stop
working, they are much better than that. These units will last you many
years. Indoor, low humidity (no bathroom) storage will ensure a long
Question: If I buy a
unit, how do I know these bulbs will be available in the future? Sperti
has been making sunlamps for about 70 years, and they continue to lead
in the field of UV sunlamps for the home and healthcare field. All three
models are very popular, so bulbs will remain in production for years.
In the future when you put fresh bulbs in your unit it will be running
just like a brand-new unit. What if a bulb breaks? They are easy to
replace, and relatively inexpensive.
What if something happens to the unit after the 1 year
warranty? You can mail it back to the factory here in Kentucky and we
will diagnose the problem, contact you with a quote, and then repair the
unit at your expense if you wish. Frankly speaking, repairs are very
rare. Again, basic but quality construction assures a long life.
do I know it really works? Sperti sunlamps are truly effective. These are not the inexpensive little white
Chinese plastic facial tanning lights that are currently on the US
market sold as facial tanning lamps. In my 14 years working with
sunlamps I've personally handled dozens of phone order inquiries with
shoppers calling in saying they tried one of these, it didn't work,
wasted money, and so they are skeptical about all sunlamps. We can reply with facts: All three sunlamps models are
powerful, professionally engineered and manufactured here in the USA.
The manufacturer is actually active in the science field of UV Sunlamps
& Ultraviolet Light Therapy Applications - Phototherapy, so you know
they are making the best UV tanning lamps and UV light therapy units on
the market. (Yes, there are also some quality medical devices starting
around $1800, but we're not considering those due to the high cost.).
in December 2012 the medical and scientific study of our D/UV-F Vitamin
D Lamp was published, and it proves that our Vitamin D Lamp is an
effective source for natural vitamin D. We have this study posted here on our Sperti.com site.
these three models are actually all relatively new versions, radically
newer models of the previous Sperti sunlamp models. Older models used a
single glass vapor pressure bulbs, and these three are all now using the
latest in UV fluorescent technology. Release of all three new models
has been recent so you don't have to worry about these models being
purchase factory direct here at Sperti.com it ensures a safe and secure
two party (customer & factory) transaction, and that your order is
completely handled by the manufacturer so it is processed & shipped
out to you without delay (usually within 1 to 2 business days). And, in the rare
event there are any problems with a missing or damaged shipment, as the factory direct shipper we are ready to resolve any problems quickly. Also, if your unit is ever in need of warranty or repair work in the
future you'll know that your transaction is in our files and you may
contact us directly. As you can see from our history above, Sperti
Sunlamps is an American fixture in ultraviolet light technology and
products that will be here to service our customers anytime we are
Miscellaneous Note: There is never any animal testing with our sunlamps.
Call us toll free: 800-544-3757
When calling from outside the United States call: 859-331-0800
Our headquarters is located in Kentucky, hours: 08:00-17:00ET Eastern Time Zone
Please send inquiries to: Sales@Sperti.com
KBD - SPERTI
2550 American Court
Crescent Spring, KY 41017