How Quartz Infrared Heaters Work

Quartz infrared heaters are highly efficient, ecofriendly, and have a longer lifespan than other supplemental heat sources. Infrared light is a specific wavelength that is associated with the red end of the visible spectrum. We won’t drag you through another science lesson but there are some fundamentals that you should know in order to understand how quartz infrared heaters work.

How Infrared Works

Electromagnetic radiation is used to transfer energy from one object to another. The wave length of these infrared rays is anywhere from 780nm to 1mm. Very miniscule if you don’t already get the picture. Heat is produced when energy (electricity) is transferred through a coiled tungsten wire. Emitting a range of low, medium, and high energy waves, infrared light is used in a variety of applications.

Originally discovered in the 1800’s by a British Astronomer by the name of Sir William Herschel, it wasn’t until the 1940’s that infrared heat became popular. While there are 8 variations of infrared heat, this article will focus on the basics of infrared quartz heaters in particular.

Electromagnetic Spectrum-Infrared Light

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Infrared Quartz Heat Lamps

Infrared Quartz Heat Lamps were developed in the 1950’s by General Electric. These heat lamps create energy using a combination of iodine and pressurized halogen gas. When this mixture occurs, tungsten atoms from the filament regenerate. Because of this occurrence, halogen lamps have been known to last much longer than comparable incandescent heat lamps that you’ll find in bathrooms.

The outside of these infrared heat lamps have the appearance of glass but they are actually made of quartz; hence the name Infrared Quartz Heat Lamp. These lamps operate at such high temperatures that they will easily melt standard glass. Halogen space heaters produce immense amount of heat and as such, are often used as outdoor patio heaters. More than likely, you’ve seen these heaters out at hotels, bars, and upscale restaurants but you probably didn’t know what they were.

Mojave Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Infrared Patio Heater

The 22” Mojave Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Infrared Patio Heater. More info.

Hot air naturally rises so heat is directed using reflective materials that cover infrared quartz heat lamps. These Stainless steel covers have a commercial appearance with a contemporary appeal. Using these covers as guides, quartz heaters are able to produce a concentrated flow of heat to a desired area. This is what makes them ideal for outdoor dining events, backyard parties, or even just a night out star gazing. Best of all, infrared quartz heat lamps produce heat instantly!

Why Choose Infrared Quartz Heaters?

Infrared heaters are extremely efficient, contributing only 12-14 cents per hour to your total electric bill. Turn up the heat! There’s no need to “let your heater warm up” because these units produce heat immediately. Operating upwards of 1,500 degrees Celsius, halogen patio heaters provide more BTU’s than traditional wood fire stoves. You don’t have to worry about it getting chilly outside, these bad boys have heat to spare.

  • Zero UV Radiation
  • Zero toxic chemicals
  • Unaffected by wind because light transfers heat rather than heating air mass
  • Costs 12 cents per hour

What’s more, quartz heaters have technologically advanced features that are unaffected by recent changes announced by the EPA that will tighten emissions controls. Infrared heaters release zero toxic chemicals, providing you with the peace of mind of knowing that you are not harming the earth’s natural environment in any way!