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Bright lights, European styling and surround sound stereos are not only found at the New York International Auto Show, but at the new Hollywood Tan in Bay Ridge. In addition to the usual beds, this salon features five state-of-the-art devices that represent the pinnacle of tanning technology Europe has to offer.

The Ergoline XTT, short for X-treme Tan Tec, is "the spaceship," according to owners Mark Binder, Stan Makarov and Mike Verbitskiy. It resembles a futuristic burgundy Barcalounger in feet-up position. The Sportarredo HPO is a stand-up tanning booth that looks like it could beam up Captain Kirk as well as tan your hide, while the company’s "Extasy" model is large enough to accommodate three people (the implications of which we will leave to the imagination).

All devices are equipped with powerful fans, CD players and satellite radios.

Perpetually bronzed Nina Rafaniello, who has worked at several tanning salons before being hired by this one, is excited about the new machines.

"If I was to ever fade, I think I would freak," she said.

Hollywood Tans [9024 Fourth Ave. at 91st Street, (718) 492-TANS]. Hours: 9 am ­ midnight, seven days a week.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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