Single infrared heat lamp therapy is a simple, cheap and effective alternative to infrared saunas and the expensive red LED light therapy home devices.
Infrared heat lamps set-up requirements and costs are minimal, yet the benefits are fantastic and there’s no end to the potential home uses.
(This little magic light bulb has helped me with everything from acne and pimples, to back pain, to facial rejuvenation!)
- 1 The Amazing Infrared Heat Lamps Benefits
- 2 What is Infrared Heat Lamp Therapy?
- 3 How to Use an Infrared Heat Lamp (for Skin/Pain/Anti-Aging)
- 4 How Quick Will You Feel/See Results?)
- 5 Heat Lamp Therapy Side Effects and Warnings
- 6 Summary (Infographic)
The Amazing Infrared Heat Lamps Benefits
1. Pain relief (sports injuries, muscle pain, joint pain, nerve pain, spinal pain)
2. Wound healing (diabetic wounds, ulcers)
3. Skin anti-aging and health (wrinkle and sagging reduction, skin brightening, skin tone)
4. Skin Infections, acne, rashes, burns, boils.
5. Blood circulation (varicose veins, spider veins, edema)
And the list goes on and on.
But now you’ll want to know:
- What kind of infrared heat lamps do you look for?
- Which infrared bulbs are the best?
- How do you use heat lamps at home?
In this post you’ll find all the answers, plus how exactly to use infrared heat lamp therapy at home for most common conditions (treatment time, distance from heat, etc.).
What is Infrared Heat Lamp Therapy?
Electric Single Infrared heat lamps transmit invisible infrared rays (light waves) deep into your body, all the way to your muscles, nerves, and bones.
The infrared wavelength is felt as gentle heat, yet proven to penetrate deep into your tissues and improve blood circulation (by 400% within a few minutes!), hydration and oxygenation in the area.This supercharged blood flow brings pain-relieving and healing components and speeds up recovery from any injury in your tissues or skin.
It’s as simple as that, and it works.
Infrared heat lamps (also known as “IR lamps) are large, 250-watt, reddish incandescent bulbs.
Most of them emit not only infrared waves (low-level laser), but red, orange and yellow light too.
👉 These heat lamps are sold at many hardware stores, and you can easily order one from Amazon.
DIY Infrared Lamp Instructions
The infrared heat lamp you want is a 250-watt reddish heat lamp.
(Avoid clear or halogen bulbs)
The bulb doesn’t have to be pure red – the color varies from a yellowish to a deeper red color.
(Just make sure your base can support the wattage of the bulb. )
✅ The 2 Best Ready-Made Infrared Lamps
These infrared lights generate intense heat and can easily shatter, use with care. Finger marks and scratches from handling can weaken the bulb and leads to more frequent shattering.
Avoid banging the lamp around and splashing water on it, because it may break.
This is why a ready-made infrared lamp may be a good idea.
Here are the top choices in 2019:
1. Skin Act 5 Head Infrared Heat Therapy Lamp
We simply love this unique near-infrared lamp, which includes 5 X 150W near Infrared (light + heat) bulbs on a stand with wheels, and flexible arms.
The lamps have protective wire guards and are placed on adjustable arms and allow for specific placement of the heat – on any part of your body.
The company is very helpful and offers great customer service, and it’s very high quality.
👉 Note: The light is very bright so you’ll have to use safety goggles before you use it.
2. Serfory Near-Infrared Light Therapy Heat Lamp
A lower-cost alternative is the high-quality Serfory near-infrared lamp (700-1200 nm), which comes ready-made with a 150W bulb and a stand that reaches a max length of 25.6 inches.
The lamp heats up quickly, and the arm extends so you can use it on the right spot (keep a safe distance of 15 inches at least), and all you have to do is plug it in and use it (use eye protection goggles).
User reviews are high on Amazon, and it is an affordable pain relief tool that we highly recommend.
How to Use an Infrared Heat Lamp (for Skin/Pain/Anti-Aging)
Once you have your heat lamp, you can safely use it on any part of your body, to treat countless health conditions (and skin problems/aging).
Here’s exactly how to use your infrared heat lamp for various conditions:
1. For Pain Relief (Muscle Pain/Neuropathy/Joint Pain)
Clamp the socket to a chair, shelf, headboard of a bed, or any location where you can move your body close to the lamp.
Sit at least 18-24 inches away from the lamp (or 10-15 inches away for a 150W lamp).
Use the heat light bulb on the side, not above you.
Use eye protection goggles or glasses for blocking infrared light.
Allow the area to become as hot as you can comfortably tolerate.
Move your body slightly every few minutes.
Use the bulb for 15 to 20 minutes per session, for up to 3 sessions per day. Overuse will provide no additional benefit.
If you use it on your head (sinuses, headache, hair growth, congestion, etc.) – do not use for more than 10 minutes per session.
Always use a timer, because the heat relaxes you so much that you may fall asleep.
2. For Skin anti-aging and Rejuvenation
Again, clamp the socket to a location where you can move your body close to the lamp.
Sit about 12 to 22 inches away from the lamp.
Set a timer for 5 minutes.
Each skin area can be treated for no more than 5-6 minutes.
Use safety infrared-blocking goggles to protect your eyes.
Repeat treatment every 2-3 days.
Do not be tempted to use red light therapy 7 days a week – your skin needs time to rebuild itself and heal after each treatment (this is when new collagen is produced – yay!). Use it 4-5 times a week.
3. Skin Problems (acne, wounds, burns, boils, rashes, infections)
Did you know?
The infrared lamp can kill infections that are resistant to antibiotics and can speed up wound healing greatly.
To treat skin problems with infrared light therapy, follow instructions above for the skin anti-aging.
How Quick Will You Feel/See Results?)
When it comes to pain relief, many people feel an almost immediate relief, which gets even better with regular home treatment.
The effect you see visually on your skin (wrinkle reduction, less sagging, improved skin tone, skin brightening, etc.) takes more time to show up.
In about 1-2 weeks you’ll notice your face has more “substance” and looks more toned.
You’ll look healthier and rested.
After about 2-6 weeks fine lines will start to disappear. Your skin will be brightened and be smoother and softer.
After 4 months a huge difference in wrinkles and fine lines can be seen.
Heat Lamp Therapy Side Effects and Warnings
Generally, infrared light therapy is proven to be completely safe and side-effect free.
The heat may cause a slight temporary redness on your skin (it’s not a burn!) that will go away in a few hours.
The potential danger of infrared heat bulbs is mainly to your skin and eyes – but only if you overuse it or ignore instructions.
When used around your head and face, use safety goggles with infrared absorbing glass.
And, never more than 10 minutes.
To prevent skin burns, always sit a distance where the heat feels comfortable.
(Don’t worry, you will not get a tan from this light)
📢 Avoid using the lamp on an injury for the first 24 hours. The lamp might increase inflammation. Following this 24-hour period, the lamp is excellent for most injuries.
Do not apply essential oils, lotion or cream to your skin before using the heat lamp. Oils can heat up and cause a burn.
Do not touch an infrared lamp when hot.
Infrared lamp therapy is contraindicated for some skin cancers, which may become aggravated by the light.
Infrared Lamp FAQ
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A single infrared heat lamp for healing (chosen correctly) can aid with endless health conditions and makes a simple and inexpensive alternative for an infrared sauna or large home devices.
👉 However, you can build your own infrared sauna at home for less than $100
The same bulbs often used in chicken coops or in restaurants to keep the food warm, can help you relieve your pain and take years off your skin.
All you need a high-quality heat bulb, a clamp lamp socket, and safety goggles, and you’re ready to go.
If your budget is not that tight, you can get a ready-to-use high power infrared heat lamp, like this one.
What about you? What’s your experience with infrared radiation therapy? I’d love to see it in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,
- Dr. Ray Peat, PhD: Stem cells, cell culture, and culture: Issues in regeneration
- Whelan et al; Effect of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Irradiation and Wound Healing. Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine & Surgery, Volume 19, Number 6, 2001, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, pp. 305-314.
- Harvard Professor Dr. Michael Hamblin Interview via SelfHacked