Thanks largely to their unique characteristics, IR lamps are useful in several sorts of applications. Relative to other forms of space heaters and radiators, these include:
- Their ability to reach very high temperatures extremely quickly
- The potential to dial in their heat output to specific levels or temperature gradients
- The fact that their hot zones can be focused towards a small concentrated area, unlike with some alternative methods such as open fires or convection heaters
- Their overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness as an electrical heat source
- Their ability to heat without making direct contact or disturbing the subject. In contrast, conductive, combustion or convection heaters can all affect the subject in various ways
When compared with many other types of heaters and heat sources, the above qualities often make IR heaters a preferred solution for a wide range of tasks.
Everyday examples include:
Animal Heat Lamps
Vivarium and hatchery use is one of the most common reasons for buying these bulbs online. In particular, many people choose heat lamps for chicks and reptiles that are being raised. So-called brooder lamps are often installed near hatchling chickens to help mimic warmth from a nesting parent. In a vivarium, the lamp simulates the sun’s warmth, helping to regulate body thermals or metabolism.
Catering Heat Lamps
Food heat lamps for commercial use are found in a wide range of cafes, restaurants, self-service diners and takeaways. You will often see them installed where hot food needs to be available over an extended period. They are also commonly installed alongside other retail food cabinets.
Heat Lamps for Plants
Terrarium and grow room use is another reason people shop for IR bulbs. They are used to exercise accurate temperature control. IR can simulate warmer climates and biomes or mimic the day-night cycles required by many types of non-native plants.
Other common uses for these types of bulbs include:
Heat Lamps for Bathrooms
These help to warm the area prior to use, and clear condensation from mirrors, walls and other surfaces. This gives a better overall experience and reduces the chance for mould and mildew to grow in damp rooms. They are quite common in hotels and guest houses and are also becoming more popular with homeowners.
Infrared Paint Curing Lamps
These help paint to dry (and, for some finishes, to harden) after it has been applied. They are most often associated with body shops and automobile spraying, where it is essential to properly cure the paintwork.
Many decorators also use drying and curing lamps for speedier job completion, especially in large or busy areas. They can give a more even, hardwearing and professional-looking finish than air-drying alone. These specialist lights should not to be confused with regular work lights or painters lamps.
People with chronic conditions or short-term injuries may use IR warming technology as treatment for physical flare-ups and symptoms. They can help with soothing all manner of sore or swollen joints and muscles. An infrared heat lamp for back pain is a popular choice as a convenient, fast-acting alternative to hot water bottles or heat packs.