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Infrared Thermography Evaluation of Commercially Available Infrared Heat Lamps

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  064152,  2006 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.21148) @2006
Authors:   Jeremiah D. Davis, Ron D. MacDonald, Hongwei Xin
Keywords:   Creep heat

The objectives of this study were i) to comparatively characterize the radial temperature distribution of six commercially available heat lamps (100W to 250W) at different heights (45-66 cm or 18-26 in) when used with a commercially available plastic lamp fixture and ii) to evaluate the operation of a commercially available power controller used with the 175SYL heat lamp at a 51-cm (20-in) height for three power settings of 100, 125 and 175W.

Heat lamps with the same power output do not necessarily produce the same temperature profiles along the heated surface. Lamp lens prescriptions greatly affect the shape of the profile. By using a power controller with a given bulb, varying temperature ranges can be achieved while reducing overall energy as compared to varying height with same bulb.

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