Heat lamps are used for a number of different applications that require a regular or intermittent heat source in a contained, focused form. Heat lamps may refer to infrared heat lamps, quartz infrared heat lamps, and infrared halogen lamps. Each of these lamps provides its own unique properties.
Infrared halogen lamps are used in many commercial and household appliances, such as outdoor and terrace heaters, in spas, saunas, and showers, for plate warming, food preparation and serving, and in horticultural habitats and animal enclosures. Depending on the bulb type and the fixture, they provide either ambient or more focused heat. Reflector shape heat lamps, for example, are more effective for directing heat onto a surface. In general, these lamps will resist moisture and fluctuations in temperature. They are fairly enduring bulbs and are readily available in a wide range of configurations for different types of fixtures. They are easy to install and swap out and can be easily found when replacement heat lamps are required.
Quartz infrared heat lamps are sometimes used in curing equipment and for more specialized heaters that must operate in high-temperature settings or where rapid and uniform heating is required. They may also be used for baking, curing, and incubation.
When replacement heat lamps are needed to maintain a single piece of equipment or to update a smaller quantity of bulbs, they usually must be sourced from an authorized lighting supplier or distributor. Most heat lamp manufacturers will only sell directly to OEMs or wholesale buyers and will only provide lamps in bulk quantities.
How does an infrared heat lamp work?
Infrared heat lamps work by producing infrared light waves and emitting heat in the same manner as an incandescent or halogen bulb. They are unique in the way that heat lamps are made to reduce rather than maximize visible light energy. These lamps are sometimes paired with a red filter to further minimize visible light.
What is infrared quartz heating?
Infrared quartz heating is sometimes called short-wave infrared heating, which is a type of radiant heating. Quartz infrared heat lamps produce infrared waves that provide direct heat to a surface. This type of lamp is found in radiant heaters, which are referred to as quartz heaters.
Are heat lamps energy efficient?
Heat lamps are considered more efficient than incandescent lamps, as the vast majority of energy emitted by the bulb is used as heat. The production of visible light is minimized or a secondary consideration. Heat lamps used for industrial purposes will range between 1000 and 2000 watts.
What are heat lamps used for?
Heat lamps are used for varied industrial, commercial, and domestic purposes. They may be used for molding, curing, and drying of various materials. Such heat lamps are integrated into small and large scale manufacturing equipment. They are also used for baking, plate warming, and incubation, and as heat sources in plant and animal habitats. They are a common fixture in various household appliances to create ambient and focused heating, usually for purposes of comfort. Heat lamps are also integrated into spas and showers, outdoor patios, and in electronic space heaters.