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Much Better Skin

MBS have been established since 1996 with a simple message, "Our aim at MBS is to give you Much Better Skin, by providing quality equipment for you to use in the convenience of your own home"

Philips Sense

"By offering you hospital standard UVB Narrowband treatment in the comfort of your own surroundings - helping you to treat, beat and control Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Scleroderma, Vitamin D Deficiency and Acne using the best and market leading Philips TL01 high UVB narrowband tube technology and helping you to improve the quality and standard of your life through "Much Better Skin"."

Mini Unit - for small patches

Three unit options available:-

  1. Full length canopy unit provides full length body coverage.
  2. Sunshower/ cabinet  unit, standup up with the tubes all around you. Coverage for the whole body
  3. Smaller units are available for localised treatment eg. Arms, face, legs etc.

All our units are available either to purchase outright or at a competitive finance rate (currently on offer at 0% APR) Click here to view Terms & Conditions

Now VAT FREE for chronic sufferers.

MBS have gained VAT exemption for Narrowband units containing Philips Narrowband tubes. The products shown here are VAT exempt (exempt price shown) for customers suffering from "chronic" medical conditions (The definition of "chronic" is that the condition is constant, or recurs frequently) e.g. most psoriasis/ vitiligo sufferers and in some cases eczema, scleroderma and atopic dermatitis etc

You will need to make the following declaration when ordering Narrowband equipment - I declare by ordering a narrowband product that I am suffering from a chronic disorder (or I am purchasing on behalf of someone that does). The product is being supplied to me for domestic or personal use under Notice 701/7 and is therefore VAT exempt.

If you do not agree with the above declaration but still wish to purchase a product please call the office on 01925 694280, where you can still purchase a unit but with the VAT added on.

Philips Narrowband Tube Technology

Why Philips TL01 medical narrowband tubes ?

  • Course of treatment shorter and safer
  • More likely to clear
  • Exposure times shorter and of high intensity
  • Longer periods of remission can occur before psoriasis reappears.

Similar treatment to that used in hospitals now available in your own home. 80% of patients cleared within 6 weeks* (3 treatments per week), 92%  were satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment in 8 weeks with only 1% dissatisfied (BMJ Medical report  - Home therapy v hospital treatment). Thousands of people have already experienced the life changing benefits of narrowband UVB treatment, allowing them to pursue a normal life.


Free Delivery to most areas

Buy a unit from only £158 (Hand held unit). A full length unit starts from £995. We guarantee the best prices in the UK ! We deliver nationally and delivery/installation is included in the price quoted**. (Prices Include VAT). All units are manufactured in the UK to a high standard and specification and come with a full 12 month warranty (24 months for cabinets). Our reputation is built upon the success of our units - we do not use UVB tubes imported from China, only the market leading Philips. Best tubes - better results !

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Full range of units available see "Narrowband Units for sale" section on this website. (All major credit cards accepted). You can order via our website or by calling the office on our FREEPHONE number.

There is a lot of information below. We recommend that you read through it so you know exactly what the treatment involves and exactly what benefits can be gained from using Philips TL01 narrowband. We realise this is a significant investment for you and it's important you get the best service and advice before you make a purchase. If you do wish to speak to someone we are happy to take your call and answer any questions you may have, we have a trained specialist that can help and advise you to select the right unit for your condition.

FREEPHONE 0800 612 0954

or if you prefer mobile 07905651717

Please note we do not give medical advice, the only people who are trained to do this are Doctors or Dermatologists. We always advise that you consult with a fully qualified Doctor or Dermatologist before beginning and during your treatments. Do not take medical advice from anyone else you may end up with an inferior product - most Doctors will only recommend  Philips TL01 to treat psoriasis and vitiligo and no other tube.


** extra delivery charges will be made for postcodes beginning TR, IV, PH, KW on all full length canopies and full body units

  • Guarantee - Find these units cheaper elsewhere we will better the price
  • Guarantee - Free Delivery and installation check on full length units**
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  • Guarantee - Best Tubes (Philips TL01 UVB Narrowband (311nm). Exactly same tubes as many hospitals, if you've had light treatment before at the hospital and it's worked or your condition improves in natural sunlight then we will offer you a money back guarantee that the units will work for you. (see terms and conditions page for full details)

Narrowband Treatment information

UVB Treatment - Information Page
High Powered UVB Treatment

Most psoriasis sufferers benefit from exposure to UVB light, one of the forms of ultra violet light that comes from the sun. There are 3 forms: UVA, UVB and UVC. Short wavelength UVC is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth's surface. The UV light which does reach us is mainly long wave UVA, with some intermediate UVB and it is the UVB rays which are beneficial to those of us with psoriasis. UV light aids chemical reactions that affect the function of cells. In psoriasis this means that the cells do not multiply so rapidly and behave more like normal skin. 

Too much UVB however is not a good thing because it burns. UVA is also not harmless and too much of both can prematurely age the skin and increase the risk of skin cancers. So you do need to take care even if you find that the sun helps your skin. The people at highest risk are those who have fair or red hair and those whose skin does not tan easily.


What is UVB Treatment?

UVB treatment can be used for a number of skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitamin D deficiency, eczema, vitiligo, acne and scleroderma. Even though we specifically mention psoriasis our notes apply to all these conditions and some other skin conditions that react positively to UVB light. If in doubt please consult your doctor or dermatologist. 


UVB contains a wide range of wavelengths and can be used to treat guttate or plaque psoriasis (plus acne and eczema), which is proving resistant to "topical" treatments (i.e. creams and ointments). In the past few years a more refined form of UVB has been developed, known as "narrowband" and this is proving to be very effective. Narrowband is proved to be more readily absorbed into the skin and therefore is generally more effective than traditional broadband UVB treatments. Scientists have established that UVB at a certain wavelength (311nm) is particularly theraputic for skin conditions. Most of the Narrowband UVB in a Philips TL01 tube is at 311nm - (more so than any other tube) and over 400 independent studies have shown Philips TL01/100w High UVB Narrowband to be the market leading Narrowband Tube in the world.


The aim is to clear the skin and this can take up to 30 treatments over a period of approx 6 weeks depending on the severity of the condition.


Compared with broadband UVB in the treatment of psoriasis:

  • Exposure times are shorter but of higher intensity. 
  • The course of treatment is shorter.
  • It is more likely to clear the psoriasis.
  • Longer periods of remission can occur before the psoriasis reappears. 

Another common ailment, but completely different to psoriasis, is vitamin D deficiency. Our main source of vitamin D is that made by our own bodies. 90% of our vitamin D is made in the skin with the help of sunlight.

UVB sunlight rays convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D. Darker skins need more sun to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. The sunlight needed has to fall directly on to bare skin (through a window is not enough). 2-3 exposures of sunlight per week in the summer months (April to September) are enough for normal people to achieve healthy vitamin D levels that last through the year. Each episode should be 20-30 minutes to bare arms and face. This is not the same as suntanning; the skin simply needs to be exposed to sunlight.

For some people this is not enough and UVB narrowband treatment is excellent for increasing Vitamin D levels within the body. Again this must be applied directly onto bare skin but with the narrowband treatment this should be for 30 seconds up to 2 minutes per session.


Side effects

Narrow-band UVB can result in burning, just like sunlight and broadband UVB. Frequent emollients should be applied to burned skin, and if recommended by the therapist, topical steroids. It sometimes provokes polymorphous light eruption. Long term exposure to ultraviolet radiation ultimately causes skin ageing and skin cancers. If used sensibly Narrowband is certainly less risky than Broadband treament because most of the UVB is within the theraputic wavelength of 311nm, Broadband light is over a much wider wavelength - less UVB in total (and much less within the theraputic wavelength) and a greater percentage of UVA. 


More generally, you must remember that all UV radiation can cause skin damage and treatments therefore have to be rationed. Doctors will not put patients at unnecessary risk. Care should be taken with the number of treatments over one year and indeed over a lifetime. This will vary from person to person depending on skin type and total dose administered.

Before Treatment

What does the treatment involve?

The units are fitted with the latest Philips TL01 Medical Narrowband high UVB tubes exactly the same as those used in many hospitals. The whole body or just the infected areas can be exposed to the UVB.  Usually the whole body is exposed to the UVB for a short time (seconds to minutes) and precautions must be taken to protect the eyes (use Goggles provided) and genital areas should be covered. 

After Treatment

The amount of UV is carefully monitored. A number of protocols exist depending on the individual's skin type, age, skin condition and other factors. The skin may remain pale or turn slightly pink after each treatment. Let your therapist know if you experience any discomfort. Patches of psoriasis generally start to become thinner after five to ten treatments. Most patients with psoriasis need about 15-30 treatments to clear.*


To UVB or not to UVB?


There are large numbers of studies showing the positive effect of UVB on patients. Generally 80% of psoriasis patients will be cleared within 6 weeks*, with 3 treatments per week. Patients who experience a reoccurrence within a short time after healing may use maintenance programs of treatment, once or twice per week. This also applies to other ailments such as vitamin D deficiency but these sufferers may find it more beneficial to use the lamps more in the winter months when natural sunlight (and hence Vitamin D levels) is at a minimum.

Follow the Guidelines

An independent study by the BMA states "that treatment of skin conditions at home is no less beneficial than the treatment at hospital" as long as the user controls their session times and frequency in accordance with the guidelines set out. Treatment at home is much more convenient and generally more stress free than actually spending time (possibly hours) getting to a hospital, taking time off work every few days - for just a few minutes treatment.

Wrinkling of the skin (Actinic Elastosis) and skin malignancies are associated long-term side effects. However, in one study in a Swedish clinic of patients who had been on UVB treatment during a 20 year period, no increase of wrinkling of the skin or skin malignancies were found, when compared to an age and sex matched group from the same city. Narrowband minimises the risk further because most of the light emitted is now at the theraputic wavelength of 311nm.

Short-term side effects can be totally avoided by following the instructions with care. These are blistering with redness (erythema), which is uncomfortable but absolutely not dangerous. Every person has a different skin type and some burning may be experienced if session times are slightly too long for a particular skin type (particularly fair skin), this can be completely avoided by being sensible and reducing session times.

To summarise, the risks involved with UVB are about the same as for an outdoor worker such as farmer or builder, who are exposed to sunlight on a daily basis. It is advised that anyone undertaking UVB Therapy visits a dermatologist once or twice a year for regular check up.

Download further information for Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment (124kb)

Why Philips TL01 Narrowband Tubes ?
Philips Narrowband TL01 Tubes

It is important you understand what narrowband treatment is, why it works and why you should use the Philips TL01 Narrowband Tubes.

Narrowband means that light is mainly emitted over a specific wavelength (ie. over a "narrow band" of the spectrum).  It is important for sufferers of psoriasis, vitiligo etc that this specific wavelength is 311nm (known as the theraputic wavelength for psoriasis and vitiligo etc.). Some tubes are classed as narrowband (but operate at a different wavelength) and don't emit light at this 311nm at all, some "unbranded" narrowband advertised as 311nm emit much (and I mean much) less at 311nm than the market leading Philips TL01 Narrowband tubes. If it doesn't say Philips on it - then it isn't Philips ! Don't forget the Philips tube is the tube of choice for many, many hospitals and clinics and Philips TL01 are the only certified tube in the UK for the treatment of psoriasis.

Canopy with Philips TL01 Narrowband

At MBS we use nothing but the best market leading Philips TL01 311nm UVB Narrowband Tubes in all our units ! Philips Narrowband tubes are usually more expensive but you won't be disappointed with the results as they have been developed specifically for the purpose of treating psoriasis, vitiligo etc. Be careful there are cheaper tubes on the market - some companies use the Arimed B tubes (4.6% UVB to total UV output ie. the vast majority is not even UVB) which aren't really for the treatment of psoriasis (can be suitable for acne and atopic dermatitis) and some other companies use inferior tubes manufactured in China or elsewhere. Be careful - some companies will show all the Philips Narrowband blurb and actually supply you a product with different tubes in !!

With Philips TL01 UVB Narrowband Tubes you get the absolute best (78% UVB to total UV output, 17.7 UVB irradiance at the skins surface - figure sourced from Cosmedico website). Philips Narrowband UVB lamps emit light over a very short range of wavelengths concentrated primarily in the therapeutic range (311nm). This tube was developed specifically for psoriasis, vitiligo and similiar skin conditions. I don't want to be too repetitive but other lamps emit considerably less over the theraputic wavelength and more over a non-theraputic wavelength and can therefore be less effective and more harmful than Philips TL01/100w Narrowband. This is why treatment times with Philips Narrowband are shorter and the results better.

Philips UVB Narrowband is therefore safer and more effective than conventional UVB Broadband (eg Arimed B12) or other lamps.

We could offer you cheaper less effective lamps but we don't. Best lamps = Better results and remember if it doesn't say Philips on it then it isn't !

Please note :- in our mini units we use the Philips PL01 36w Medical Narrowband tubes - these tubes are the mini-version of the larger TL01 tubes (you cannot get small tubes with the lettering TL01) and they offer the same benefits as the TL01 within the same light spectrum (mainly UVB at 311nm). Due to the smaller light face (approx 20ins) they are used in treating just small localised areas of psoriasis, vitiligo etc.


Most of light emitted from Philips TL01 is at 311nm

It's not just me saying it - "More than 400 independent clinical studies around the world have shown that Philips UVB Narrowband (TL/01) Phototherapy lamps are the most effective lamps currently available for the treatment of Psoriasis and Vitiligo, as well as other less common skin diseases. "


Our Narrowband Units - The mini-narrowband


The mini-unit is designed for people who suffer from psoriasis etc on just localised areas eg. Patches on arms/ legs etc. and is not suitable for people who are affected over a large body area.

The unit comes on an adjustable tripod and has a light face of around 22ins using the Philips PL01(TL01) /36w Medical Narrowband Tubes (Philips TL01 medical narrowband tubes only come in lengths 6ft and above and the PL01 tube is the Philips equivalent for smaller devices - with the same benefits and treatment but on a smaller scale).

Light unit (not including stand) is 570mm(22.5"), width 300mm (12") weight is 4.3Kg



The swivel stand allows you to use the unit standing up (face, hands, arm, elbows etc.), over a chair (legs, knees, feet etc.) or over a bed (the tri-pod stand can make it difficult to use over some divans). The unit is black with 4 minute timer and total usage counter.

Can be easily taken down and stored in a cupboard when not in use.

Superb unit for £525 (inc. delivery), with genuine Philips Tubes making it much more efficient than hand held models. Delivery is normally within 3 working days

Click here for price list and other narrowband products

Full length Unit
Modern Full length 9 Tube Canopy Unit
  • Full length narrow band tubes Philips TL01 100w UVB 311nm - high UVB (17.7 UVB irradiance at the skins surface)
  • Modern curved UPVC design for maximum coverage
  • Tilted to any angle - use horizontal or vertical
  • Accurate Twin Safety Timers
  • Adjustable metal stand on casters
  • Acrylic Safety screens
  • Length 1900mm (75ins), width 685mm (27ins)
  • Twelve month guarantee
  • British manufactured
  • Market Leader - Excellent Results !

Use the unit lying down

These units can be tailored to suit your individual requirements (and your pocket). The Philips TL01 medical high UVB tubes aren't cheap, but we can build the canopies to contain a combination of the medical narrowband and normal sunbed tubes. You decide the number of medical narrowband tubes based on your condition and finances - you can choose from 2, 4, 7 or the full 9 as standard. (other quantities please ring for a quote). See Units for sale for different combinations/prices.

9 Tube Narrowband Canopy used vertically or horizontally

Our canopy units can be used standing up or lying down (vertically and horizontally).

This is our most popular model, can be moved and stored in the corner of a room when not in use.

Prices range between £995 and £1360 (no extras to pay) depending on number of Philips TL01 Tubes used in the unit.


More pictures of curved canopy click here (560kb)

Economy Canopy 5xPhilips TL01 Narrowband Tubes
5x philips Narrowband Tubes Canopy

We have recently developed a new 5XPhilips TL01 Narrowband Tube Canopy in conjunction with a major British Manufacturer. All metallic design (coated white), metallic safety guard, twin timers on a swival stand. Can be used horizontally or vertically. Excellent new unit at an economy price of £995 (incs delivery and installation). Not as wide and of different construction than our more expensive canopy but using the same Philips TL01 Full length Narrowband tube Technology. For prices and other Narrowband products click here.

Height 1840mm (73ins), unit width 580mm (21ins) with light face of 420mm (15ins).



To view more pictures of metal canopy - Click here (589kb)

Economy 5xTL01 Tube Canopy-twin safety timers

The main differences between the metallic "economy unit" and the more expensive "UPVC" canopy other than their physical appearance and construction are:-UPVC  UPVC UPVCUPVC 

  • UPVC canopy has a wider light face and hence greater body coverage/treatment area.
  • UPVC canopy is slightly curved to fit the contours of your body - economy unit is flat.
  • UPVC canopy can hold up to 9xPhilips TL01 Tubes - "economy" unit has maximum of 5. 
  • UPVC canopy has acrylic safety guard with UV transparency - "economy" unit has metallic safety guards. 

Both units are great units and will treat your skin conditions successfully. 

Ultimate Narrowband All round cabinet
Ultimate TL01 Unit

Developed with a UK Manufacturer, the ultimate home use psoriasis, eczema, vitamin D deficiency, vitiligo, acne and scleroderma treatment. A sunshower cabinet, available in white or silver, contain 24 Philips TL01 Medical  Narrowband Tubes (or, optionally 12 Phillips Narrowband and 12 RUVA tubes). You stand inside and the tubes are all around you - 360 degree full body coverage. Dual Timers, safety guards, body breeze system and usage counter - works off normal 13 amp sockets. For prices and other Narrowband Products click here.


All round 360 degree coverage
  • Full length narrowband tubes, up to 24 x Philips TL01 100w UVB 311nm - high UVB (17.7 UVB irradiance at the skins surface – 78% UVB to total UV output)
  • Modern five sided cabinet containing 24 tubes - giving maximum full body 360 degree coverage.
  • Can either have 24 Philips Narrowband tubes or 12 Narrowband and 12 RUVA
  • Use standing up, with tubes all around you – use with door open or closed, door is fully hinged.
  • Accurate Twin Safety Timers (max 4 mins)
  • Body Breeze to keep you cool when using the unit
  • Metallic safety guards and polished reflectors, easy tube cleaning.
  • High capacity cooling fans, drawing air through the 9 louver vent on each side..
  • Total Usage counter – monitor your accumulative times
  • Each side (5 in total)  is - Length 1840mm (73ins), width 580 mm (21ins), centre panel (with controls) is slightly wider – widest point of cabinet is 970mm (39 ins) and narrowest is 870mm(35 ins).
  • Available in White or Silver.
  • Works off 2x13AMP Plugs
  • Two year guarantee.
  • British manufactured using highest quality components.
  • Market Leader - Excellent Results!


Hand Held UVB Unit
Hand Held with Philips 9w PL01 Tubes

Hand held unit that treats small patches of psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema etc containing 311nb Narrowband UVB light Philips PL01 9w tube. The unit comes with a removable comb attachment and is ideal for treating the scalp and other small areas. Simply place the light against the affected area and use 3 or 4 times per week. This unit is not suitable for treating more than just small areas and comes at a fantastic price of £158 (inc. delivery).


Comb attachment, timer, goggles in sturdy black case

Although not UK manufactured (we couldn't find a UK manufacturer of a small hand held unit), this is an excellent unit with Philips PL01 9w tubes (the small TL01 version). UK plug adaptor, timer and goggles all neatly presented in a solid UPVC black plastic carrying case for easy carrying/ storage. 12 month warranty. Full instruction booklet is supplied.


0800 612 0954 or 07905651717

We also hire the narrowband units into the local area (an area approx 15 miles from our base in Warrington). Full length 9 Tube Canopy Units are £90 for 4 weeks, then just £80 for each additional 4 weeks hire (if required) - minimum hire period is 4 week. Narrowband hire we deliver to the following postcodes BL, CH, M, PR, SK, WA, and WN (we only deliver nationwide for sales). Please note - Hire delivery charges range from £10 - £80 (depending on location) this covers both the delivery and collection of the unit. This amount will be taken just before delivery from either your debit or credit card. Please note we only have a limited number of units for hire - so you may be put on a waiting list and telephoned when one is available.


Still need convincing ? Excellent American Video explains the basics

* Statements/ photographs illustrate what can be achieved but you must remember that they can vary from person to person, the results you obtain may be better or worse.

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