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IR heaters? Answered

Hi all, So I've been searching / reading up on IR heaters and I can easily find IR bulbs /heaters, at 30W+ but the bulb's are pretty big (in regards to what I want). Is there not any smaller-scale /electronic componets for producing IR heat? I know there are IR LEDs but is that the same thing? I'm a bit lost and I swear I came across something before that had an array of small scale IR heating componets, but quite frankly I dont really know what I'm searching for, in regards to a correct name etc... Thanks in advance :)


. Wave length for IR used for heating is ~800nm (or less), while communications IR is usually ~900nm (or more). . IR for heat is usually produced by incandescent elements, whereas communications IR is usually produced by LEDs or lasers.

Hi NachoMahma; thanks for the reply. Would that mean any incandescent bulb would generally be good for heating (within reason)?. I understand the correct type of bulb for heating would be a 'heat lamp' but in regards to small componets, I can only find 'normal' ones, such as 6mm (and similar sized), which would be ideal but obviously these are specifically made for producing light rather than heat (even if the majority is heat anyway). Would comparing voltage /current to luminosity be a good indication of how much is going to be heat? i.e. pick the lowest light outputting ones? Or is that just going to mean the bulb gets hotter to the touch? Would i be better off getting resistive wire and making my own heating element for IR heat ? Cheers.

. A lot of IR lamps (particularly the "floodlight" type) are little more than an incandescent bulb with a coating to block some of the visible light. . I've never heard of using IR LEDs for heat, but I don't get out much. . No idea about the current-luminosity-heat deal. Since visible light would be wasted, I'd think that the less visible light, the better, but that's just a guess. . It depends on what you want to heat up. For heating large objects, eg, a person, a lamp would probably work best. For smaller objects, wire might be better.

Hi Nacho, Thanks for the response again, that helps clear things up.