Heat Lamps

A heat lamp is an incandescent light primarily used to emit warmth. Heat lamps do not produce much visible light and they do not heat up the air, but rather warm surfaces like the skin, yielding a touch much like that of the sun. The lamp's large filament operates at a much lower temperature than a normal bulb. You cannot see this infrared light, but you can certainly feel it.

In other words, the bulb produces heat, or thermal radiation, as a result of its release of electromagnetic radiation. In addition to being identified as heat lamps, they are called incandescent lamps, electric lamps, and even light globes in Australia and South Africa.

Heat Lamp Functions

Heat lamps are found in a number of different places. You've probably seen them in fast-food restaurants keeping fries and burgers warm. You've probably felt them too, whether they warmed you up at an outdoor restaurant or rooftop bar, after a shower in your bathroom, or perhaps they were used to dry your mom's nails in a beauty parlor. Maybe you've read about how they're quiet, effective solutions to warming cold factory spaces and also how they prevent water pipes and car radiators from freezing.

Above all these uses, heat lamps are extremely well known as a means to care for animals, especially during the colder seasons. Cages and tanks for pet and lab animals, reptiles, insects, and amphibians are often covered with a heat lamp. Heat lamps are a well-know way used to prod animal mating.

Types of Heat Lamps

Heat lamps are made with ceramic and/or metal pieces and fixtures. Other materials, such as plastic, can easily melt. For animal purposes and often in lower, accessible public places, heat lamps may be covered with wire for protection.

Nowadays, there are a number of different types of heat bulbs that can be found online, in home stores, pet stores, and even in convenience stores. The selection includes:

  • White and clear incandescent bulbs (mainly found in homes)
  • Colored bulbs (often used to keep reptiles and birds warm)
  • Flat bulbs
  • Rounded bulbs
  • Lamp heaters with fans.

Often times they are located on the ceiling, warming from above. This is the case in most bathrooms, restaurants, and even fish tanks. Sometimes, they are portable, standing lamps.