- An often misused term. F. Wolff invented the current style tanning lamp in the 70's and other companies began making beds using these lamps. They were called "Wolff Systems" because they used Wolff lamps. Wolff Systems itself does not make tanning beds, instead collecting a royalty for the use of its name and further developing lamps. The original Wolff Systems were made by Lohmann Werke in Germany, under the brand name SCA (now owned by another company).