DIY Infrared Heat

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DIY Infrared Heat
Using an infrared bulb can give you an inexpensive heater. (light bulb image by David Ng from

Infrared heat is more energy efficient and less costly compared to conventional heating. Also, unlike conventional heating methods that use convection for heat to travel, infrared utilises electromagnetic waves, which means heating occurs significantly faster. Some uses of infrared heating include home heating, reducing pain in sore muscles and keeping baby chickens and other small animals warm.

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Things you need

  • 125- or 250-watt infrared heat bulb
  • Clamp light with 250-watt socket

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    Attach the infrared light bulb to the clamp light by screwing it into the socket.

  2. 2

    Attach the clamp light to an object in the area that you wish to use your infrared light. For example, if you wish to use it for sore muscles, then attaching it to a reclining chair or near your bed would be a good place. If you wish to use it for warmth while you are outside, then putting it on the porch or someplace in your backyard would be ideal. The infrared light can also be used for things like warming a small animal like a puppy or a chicken or warming an aquarium if you have tropical fish.

  3. 3

    Plug the lamp in and switch the light on and wait for it to heat up. Check that the bulb isn't too hot by placing your hand about 6 to 12 inches underneath it for a few seconds. Adjust the distance of the lamp so that it is comfortable.

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