The beginner’s guide to heat lamps
There are many benefits to having a heat lamp in your home. They make your mood brighter, help you control pests naturally, and can even prevent disease! While they require a little more maintenance than a regular light bulb, the benefits outweigh this minor inconvenience.
Before we get started with what you should know about keeping a heat lamp, let’s take a brief look at why they’re so helpful. To understand that, we have to think back to where humans first evolved from “primitive man” into the advanced civilization as we now know it today. He didn’t have an oven or microwave to keep his food warm when he was hungry.
If he found some fruit on the ground or killed an animal for dinner, he would have to eat whatever he could get right away. Since he didn’t live in a lovely house with central heating, his body would get cold at night and warm during the day. To take advantage of this natural phenomenon, he found large rocks that held heat for hours after exposure to sunlight. He’d wrap up food in leaves and put it close to the hot rock while he slept so it would be thawed and ready to eat when morning came around.
After many thousands of years, we’ve come a long way, but our bodies still work on this same principle: we feel better when we’re warmer than when we’re colder. Heat lamps simulate this natural occurrence which is why they can be such an excellent addition to your home!
Different Uses and Kinds of Heat Lamps
If you’re like most people, your first question is probably: “What can I use a heat lamp for?” And your second might be: “Are there different kinds?”
Pet Beds/Kennels: Dogs and cats (and other pets) usually curl up in warm areas as that’s what nature dictates that they should do. That’s why some dogs like to sleep under the table or in front of the fireplace even though it makes their owners feel cold! Keep them cozy by using a heat lamp on especially cold or stormy nights. Be sure to provide a regular light source, too, so it doesn’t get too dark at night.
Potted Plants & Greenhouses: You can use a heat lamp during the cold winter months if you have a green thumb and like to grow plants indoors. When it’s chilly outside, most plants struggle to survive in an airtight room filled with furniture and people. Instead, you can put them under a particular plant light bulb at night, and they’ll be much happier!
Massage Therapy Tables: Sometimes, stress leaves our bodies so tense that it’s hard for us to get comfortable again. We may sleep on one side of the bed while our partner sleeps on the other side, but we both know who is really in charge! If you find yourself dealing with these issues (or helping others deal with them), then a heat lamp can be used during massage sessions to loosen up tight muscles and help people feel better overall.
Health Benefits: There are also some potential health benefits like higher serotonin levels (the chemical that makes us “feel good”) which can improve your mood. As anyone who has ever used an infrared sauna knows, heat exposure opens up your pores so toxins can be released through your skin instead of staying trapped in your body. You don’t need to use it very long to get these benefits. It can also be paired with other relaxing activities like aromatherapy to create a highly effective treatment for specific conditions.
How Do They Work?
So how do heat lamps work? What makes them so much different than regular light bulbs? To answer these questions, we need to take a look at the history of electrical lighting. There was a time when people only had candles and oil lamps to use after dark, but eventually, they discovered electricity and created other types of lights that were easier to hold and did not require messy oils.
Instead of using candles, gas, or coal (which was dangerous), people could now fill their homes with “electric” light from metal wires or light bulbs. As you can imagine, this made it much easier to see in the dark.
But how did people produce that electricity in the first place? They used a generator! If you’ve ever seen a windmill or waterwheel with buckets on it, you know what they do: they take whatever is moving and make it spin (in this case, metal wires). The spinning motion creates electricity and allows us to use different types of light bulbs at home.
A heat lamp is no different from any other electrical lighting type except for a tiny detail: instead of having a filament inside like regular light bulbs, heat lamps have quartz glass tubing filled with halogen gas. When an electric current passes through the gas system, it produces intense heat. You can then shine a light bulb through the glass, and it will illuminate.
So why do you need an external heat lamp when there is already a filament inside? Because halogen gas heats things many times more than regular light bulbs. Most people can’t get anywhere near a standard light bulb for longer than a few seconds because of the intense heat it produces!
How To Use Them
As we mentioned earlier, heat lamps are usually used in kennels, greenhouses, or massage tables (for health benefits). However, they can be used in any room to make your life easier. Instead of walking over to your stove to put dinner inside (when your arm feels like it’s about to fall off), you could use one of these lamps to heat up your meal or
As a bonus, they also have a nice appearance and can be used in any house room. From bathrooms to bedrooms, you could use a lamp at night for extra light without having to worry about it getting too hot. So keep this in mind when planning out different areas of your home!
What To Look For In A Heat Lamp
For most people, there are four basic things you need to consider when buying a heat lamp: length, wattage/intensity, color temperature, and quantity. Here’s what each one means:
The length of the bulb is usually measured from tip to tip (or point to point). Instead of just picking out any size that you see, you’ll want to think about the room where it will be used. For example, a bathroom will require a shorter bulb than a kitchen.
There are two things you need to consider when looking at wattage: the safety and the size of the light. A lower wattage light won’t burn you as easily as a higher wattage light.
The color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K). If something has a low color temperature, it is usually more orange or yellow – definitely not as bright as something with a high color temperature that looks white or blue
Finally, quantity matters because some heat lamps come as singles while others have multiple bulbs together. The most popular option seems to be one lamp with three bulbs inside, but there are also products with six.
How much power does a heat lamp use?
Heat lamps use very little power and electricity. To give you an idea of how much they cost, we do a quick calculation: A 100-watt heat lamp uses about $1.20 per year in energy costs if you leave it on 24 hours a day for the entire year at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. If you factor in only 8 hours of daily operation, that price drops to just 60 cents annually. The more watts a heat lamp has, the more money it will cost to operate every year.
For reference, my room is roughly 15 feet x 12 feet with a ceiling 8 feet high, and my heater takes around 2 watts a minute, so using this method would take approximately 14 thousand minutes or 233 hours. So roughly 5 dollars worth of electricity, I would assume this calculation does not take into account turning the heater off and on over a day if you turn your heater off at night and wake up to a cold floor, there is minimal point in using a space heater as it would require more power then it saves. If someone has an idea for correcting my methodology, I would greatly appreciate it.
How much does it cost to run a 150-watt heat lamp over eight hours?
A 150-watt heat lamp uses 1.45 kWh in 8 hours, costing roughly $0.17 to run over that period assuming an average cost of electricity of 15 cents per kWh.
How much does it cost to run a fan for eight hours?
A typical desk fan uses about 45 watts an hour, so running it for eight hours would use three kWh and consume around $0.36 worth of electricity at 15 cents per kWh. A ceiling fan draws about 100 watts an hour, costing about $1.05 if left on continuously for eight hours.
How much heat does a heat lamp produce?
Many factors determine how much heat a heat lamp will produce. When deciding where to place your heat lamp, it is helpful to understand the science behind them because different wattage lamps have different amounts of radiant energy. For example, how much heat does a 60-watt incandescent bulb produce?
On average, a 60W light bulb produces about 600 BTUs per hour. This amount of energy is similar to the human body’s radiant output. This means that if you are sitting under a standard 40-50W heat lamp for 1 hour, it will be equivalent to baking in an oven at 375F! So only use heat lamps as directed by your reptile veterinarian and avoid using them excessively.