Are you familiar with heat lamps? As most of you probably know, they provide both heat and light. But do you know when, where and how to effectively and efficiently use them at home? Get a warm drink, snuggle under a warm blanket and read more about heat lamps in this week’s blog.
What are heat lamps and what is their purpose?
Technically, heat lamps are infrared or incandescent light fixtures which are able to do two or three jobs in one. Their main purpose is to generate a powerful source of heat, although they provide light as well.
Usually, heat lamps come with infrared lights to provide instant heat and a halogen bulb as a central light source. Sometimes they also feature an exhaust fan with a high airflow extraction. Nowadays, the newest models come with energy efficient LED lights, making them more cost-effective in the long term.
What is the technology behind a heat lamp?
Whilst traditional light bulbs use a tungsten filament, heat lamp, on the other hand, have optimised filaments, usually made out of quartz, that resist electricity. This produces excess amounts of infrared radiation, acting directly to heat the human body.
Heat lamp bulbs normally include internal reflectors which concentrate the light and heat straight down on a specific area.
Where can you install heat lamps in your house?
Heat lamps generally consume less electricity than bar heaters, making them a cost-efficient purchase. Typically, they serve for domestic purposes, especially for places like showers and bathrooms, which are often the coldest places in the house. In essence, heat lamps provide fast, radiant heat and are fairly economical for short period use.
Also, there are some models suitable for kitchen areas, designed to keep food warm, yet more popular for commercial use. However, because of the significant energy consumption, we only recommend using heat lamps for smaller spaces where you need lighting and heating as well.
Another interesting fact is that people often use heat lamps for their therapeutic purposes. While basking in the warm can be soothing, remember to avoid overexposure as you can make yourself more harm instead.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a heat lamp?
When choosing to install heat lamps, you should be aware of both the good sides and the bad sides too. For this reason, we’re listing below some of the key features for you:
- Reasonably cheap to buy and run
- Multi-purpose device: instant heat, light as a secondary function and exhaust fan incorporated
- Suitable for domestic use in smaller areas such as the bathroom and shower
- Potential side benefits such as pain-relief therapies
- Close exposure can burn skin or nearby objects
- Poor light source
- Not suitable for heating large rooms
In conclusion, heat lamps can represent a good and affordable lighting and heating alternative for compact spaces in your home. At the end, who wouldn’t love to get out of the shower and find a cosy, welcoming ambience?
Until next time, stay safe, warm and properly informed!
Your friend and electrical expert,