This lamp is operating only at 738 Kelvins which produces a black body radiation spectrum. The "minerals" inside of it do not do anything. All objects that are at 738 kelvins (870 degrees F) will emit the same far infrared spectrum. This spectrum will be absorbed completely in the first few mm of water in the skin. Any effects deeper are from heat conduction. In other words, this is the same as a heating pad. An ideal lamp for healing arthritis, shoulder and knee injuries, fibromyalgia, etc is a $7 halogen flood light available at home depot or lowes. Halogen operates at about 4100 kelvins so it has a spectrum close to the 5700 k spectrum of the sun (see note below). Up to 1 inch of tissue beneath the skin in animals who are exposed to sun light (or halogen lights, or normal heat lamps at 2500 k) will kick-start the krebs cycle output into being utilized for more ATP. In injured cells, this helps them maintain function and repair faster. There is little to no effect on healthy cells as they adjust after sensing an excess of ATP. Pain from arthritis, fibromyaligia, knee and shoulder injuries, broken pinkie toes, etc is reduced from an 8 to 2 (on a scale of 10) in 15 to 60 minutes, depending on how strong the light source is. Sun light with a mirror to double the intensity and sun screen for protection will take an hour before maximum benefit is reached. Treatment can be 3 times a day. Look up Tiina Karu in Russia for the first serious work on this soon after LLLT came out. Later work has been done by Whelan in the U.S. with LEDs which started with grants from the military and NASA (for example, healing retina injuries in rabbits). Skin healing is not hardly improved as skin healing seems to be near optimum. Muscle injuries seem to have little benefit, but tendonitis is helped a great deal (first stretch the tendon, apply light, then follow with ice). I use a 75 W halogen spot light with a "lamp repair kit" (lamp cord with base that is normally used for repairing lamps) and water in a flat gin bottle to block the far infrared heat. Water in a zip lock bag can also be used. The clear water container (bottle or zip lock bag) is placed against the skin, then the halogen light source is used to shine the light through the water container to the skin. The water in the container absorbs all the far infrared so that your skin does not get hot, but almost all the red and near infrared make it through the glass and water, and about 10% of these wavelengths make it through the skin to help injuries beneath. This is stronger than LED light therapy devices that cost $1,000. Sun glasses are needed to protect eyes because halogen emits strong blue wavelengths that can be harmful if it is a spot light, even if just reflecting off the skin. Treatment on small injuries beneath the skin with this is about 5 minutes. If water is not used to block the heat, it can still be done but since the skin gets too warm, it has to be done more slowly and will take 15 to 30 minutes to see maximum benefit. Pain relief is usually immediate.
** note: The Sun, halogen,
incandescent, and normal infrared lamps have a lot of light energy in
the 600 to 900 nm wavelengths which are absorbed by copper and iron
atoms in the CCO protein complex (4th stage in the electron transport
chain) in mitochondria which pumps H+ to the inter-membrane so that ATP
can be created in the final ATP step. Halogen is ideal. Incandescent
and normal infrared lamps work, but they cause more far infrared heat in
the skin. The item being sold here is operating a much lower temp and
therefore causes too much far infrared. 600 to 700 nm is red light.
700 to 900 nm is called "near infrared" or "nearly red" light. LEDs are
often used to provide the light. Fluorescents and some other light
sources that operate at "2500 k" to "5700 k" are not actually operating
at those temps and do not have a strong spectrum in the 600 to 900 nm
The only way to filter above 900 nm on a halogen is with water. There
are some glasses that block IR but I don't think any of them do it very
well at any reasonable expense because the glass would get too hot. It
would have to be a really special design. A red piece of plastic would
block below 600 nm and probably not detract from the 600-900 range too
much, now that you remind me. Thick plexiglass and other transparent
plastics are a little like water in that they block >900 nm and heat
up, without decreasing the 600-900 very much. But my testing of it
did not indicate that it works very well. Maybe a thick sheet of red
plastic would work. It has to be thick not only to block > 900 well,
but also so that it can take the increase in heat from the absorption
of the light energy. A red die in the gin bottle would not hurt.
Someone once sent me the spectrum of the common red die and its perfect.
I tried it, but it did not seem to make much difference because <
600 unused light energy does not seem to cause a problem. It's the >
Yours sounds excellent. 10 to 15 minutes should be about right since it
is probably a flood light. You don't want the snow globe because it
really focuses the light to a small point and will be too intense for
your 250 W. I bought an empty 3.5 inch glass snow globe from a craft
store, put water in it, sealed the bottom, and shined(sp?) the light
through that. But that is really intense and requires sunglasses to
watch where it is going. Water in an empty gin bottle is safer and more
useful for most things because it is more durable and does not
concentrate the light (so it needs a spot light type). For most
injuries, a 75 Watt halogen spot light (PAR30 instead of PAR38 size) in a
lamp cord socket with the switch in the socket has been my favorite
(for things like knee and shoulder and anything smaller). The 250 W
flood would be good for a large area of back pain, or just getting good
light to the torso for warmth in the winter to pretend you're on the
beach. If you do 4 to 8 of them placed over a bed, it can really feel
like the beach and put you to a warm relaxing sleep.
The absorption coefficient for near-infrared (< 1,000 nm) passing
through water is less than 0.1. Far-infrared coefficient (300,000 nm)
is about 10. The equation for light that passes through after 0.4 cm
depth is 2.72^(-AS*0.4). With near infrared's AS=0.1, this equation
shows 96% gets though. Far infrared's AS=10 indicates 2% that makes it
through. Wavelengths half-way between 1,000 and 300,000 nm have AS =
1,000 so they do not get through water at all. Tissue is mostly water,
so far infrared does not go very deep at all. Blues and greens go
through water very easily, but the melanin and hemoglobin in skin blocks
it all. It's only deep reds and near-infrared that can effectively go
deeper than the skin.
All heating pads are far infrared heating pads. As something gets hot,
it emits block body radiation. The lower the temperature, the more it
is far infrared and this means it is blocked by the water in skin. All
the "far infrared" heating pads I saw just now in looking them over do
not seem as good as traditional heating pads. People may enjoy them
more because they are not as hot, but they do not provide as much heat
at any depth. If a product specified exactly what wavelengths they
emit, then I can tell more accurately how deep they penetrate. But like
this product, they never tell exactly what "rays" they are supposedly
emitting. The "far infrared" is a very wide range of wavelengths, but
red and near infrared always penetrate water and tissue more. "Far
infrared" sounds nice and high tech and they are not lying: their
products are emitting it. But if they are cooler than traditional
heating pads, then they are not telling the truth if they say it
penetrates deeper. Do a search on "Electromagnetic absorption by water"
and look at the wikipedia article's first image to see that far
infrared is blocked more compared to near infrared. The scale is
logarithmic which means it is a HUGE difference.
A heat lamp can get heat deeper than a heating pad with less heat
annoyance in the skin, and it provides near infrared healing. But a
halogen light does both better than a heat lamp. A halogen light
actually *is* a "near-infrared" heat lamp. They both use a tungsten
filament and the only difference is how hot the filament gets. The
halogen tungsten filament gets hotter than a heat lamp's tungsten
filament so that it has more red and near-infrared. If you go with a
filament that gets hotter than a halogen, then it causes more "white"
and UV with less red and near-infrared. Halogen with red-dyed water to
block the uneeded wavelengths is as good as it gets for healing AND deep
penetration, except for radio waves which do not appear to do anything
Lungs are deep so I do not know if the light will reach it. So I would
do long treatments, up to an hour, constantly checking the temperature
of the skin to not be hot. It may help pain and tiredness a little and
feel good, but I do not think it will help infections. Frequency is 2 or
3 times a day at most. If he does not enjoy and feel better at night
after the first three tries, I would not bother with it after that. Get
the light as close to the plastic bag as possible.
infections, especially viral, I take 10,000 mg vitamin C spread out over
the day (like 5 doses), 100,000 IU vit D to begin with, then 25,000 a
day after that, 50 mg zinc during the largest meal of the day (otherwise
will cause terrible naseau), and 200,000 IU vitamin A (or mixed
carotenes) the first day then 100,000 IU vitamin A after that for a
week, then 60,000 IU a day for up to a month. But no vitamin A if he
has been a smoker. These are very large doses that some will not
consider safe, but in my opinion a lung infection of even a mild sort is
100 times more dangerous, so in my opinion, it is dangerous to not take
the large doses. I see astounding prevention of colds and lessening of
symptoms with the Vit A and D, but only symptom relief from the C. But
the C is important. Also apples and carrot juice.
A halogen light by itself will be the next best thing. You could also
buy an "acrylic stamp block" that's 1/2" thick to block some of the heat
from a halogen.
If she's pale from not getting sunlight, I would have her take 50,000 IU
vit D with an fatty meal (standard treatment if a person's blood
measuers low) and then 2,000 IU per day.
I would use the 75
Watt halogen light bulb as I described above. People and inventors are
always calling me wanting details on my LED devices, but I can't get it
through any of them's head that the best light treatment is probably
hanging on the corner of their garage lighting up their driveway.
Let me say there are real dangers to trying this as I'll explain in more
detail. I do not recommend anyone copy my methods or advise others to
copy my methods unless they take good care and assume full liability for
any harm that results. I deny any liability for these reasons. You'll
not notice that my previous messages always said "what I do" (or would
do) not that others should try.
It needs to be the PAR30 size
or larger, or it will get hot fast. They sell really small halogen
lights for ceiling lights that get really hot, too hot.
Dangers using halogen lights
1) they get hot. They can burn skin. They can burn houses down.
2) it's 120 VAC being used close to the body, so any water nearby is very bad.
you can't stop it from getting hot unless you use a zip lock bag of
water (or better, clear gin bottle), so there is a conflict here between
1 and 2. An alternative is a 1/2" piece of acrylic (aka Plexiglass) on
ebay, and "acrylic stamp block" here on amazon and ebay that can block
most of the heat that you do not need. Simple 1/8" plexiglass sheets are
not thick enough and melt to easily. But a more gentle method is to
not use any heat blocking, and just use the light a longer time, say 10
minutes instead of 5 minutes. For the whole hand I was really thinking
about a flood light with no water blocking. For a single joint that you
want to treat in 3 minutes, the spot light you have with water blocking
4) Always use sunglasses when handling a halogen light
at close distance. The light can permanently harm the eyes. This even
applies if you are looking at the spot on the skin where the light is
shining and you are only looking at reflected light. I am talking from
experience and I am a risk taker in everything and never exaggerate
dangers. The flood light is safer in handling in terms of the eyes, but
in either case I would always use sunglasses.
5) Shining too long
on tissue does not cause much harm, but it can quickly reduce all its
benefits. So it should be applied as soon as the pain mostly stops,
from 3 to 10 minutes. If there is no pain reduction in 10 minutes, it
is probably not going to help her condition.
I mention vitamin D
because my mother and I had our "inherited" osteoarthritis cured by it.
I did some research and so for they are only really aware that it helps
rheumatoid arthritis. There were 19 published papers in 2013 with
"vitamin D" and "rheumatoid" in the title. 95 total. For osteoarthritis
and vitamin D, there 14 of the 39 papers were in 2013. This simple
treatment was widespread in the 1930's when they discovered how
important "high" doses were. Even Schlitz beer advertised it had
vitamin D added. But then the FDA got involved and made it illegal to
tell anyone more than 400 IU was safe, outlawing higher-dose pills,
making me wonder if NSAID pharmaceutical companies were involved.
Imagine the financial damage to pharmaceutical if people had known
possibly 1/4 of arthritis, 1/4 of cancers, and 100% of "fibromyalgia"
are from lack of Sun (or vitamin D). Vitamin D has turned out to be the
most important (lacking) nutritional supplement, more than vitamin C
and the B vitamins, because we rarely get Sun.
You can screw it
into a small desk lamp that has the shade removed, or buy the standard
lamp replacement kit from lowes where you simply have a cord and the
lamp base that has a push switch in it. Even with the larger 75 W it's
going to get hot after 5 or 10 minutes.
It says 72 W replaces 100 because they are comparing it to the older incandescent lights which have a "warmer" color.
a search on "LED Light Therapy" and one of the first Google links is a
very long article written by me on light technology for healing,
including a section on Halogen. Recently I discovered there are at
least 3 companies that have attempted using halogens, but they are
careful to not disclose how easy you can copy their technology at home.
Previously I thought I had discovered it. Concerning LED light
therapy, I would buy a 12 VDC security camera illuminator from ebay that
uses 850 nm, another secret that LED medical manufacturers are not keen
to tell people about. (they used to sell $5 worth of LEDs placed into
Yes, it's more dangerous, as I described in detail.
I am not
licensed in medicine or engineering. I may have relevant experience, but
I never want any readers to require credentials for their basis of
trust. I want readers to take my words at face value and think about it
on their own. An "appeal to authority" is a logical error, never to be
used in science or logic. Credentials have advantages when people do
not have time or ability to figure things out (like walking into a tall
building you do not want to fall from bad construction), but they also
imply a business profit motive inherent to the one with credentials,
often resulting in abuse. I have a strong interest in light therapy and I
hate seeing companies charge $1000 for $1 worth of LEDs that do not
work as good as a $10 LED 850 nm security camera illuminator. I met a
veterinarian who paid $1500 for a big device that basically just used a
handheld red laser pointer ($1 at Walmart checkout). After reading what
I've said based on the words I've used, the reader can form an opinion
as to the level of trust they want to assume, if I have not been able to
be clear enough to let them think on their own.
pre-approval via equivalent device for any LED device that meets a few
specs. Manufacturers just need to send in a letter to get a manufacturer
and device identification numbers.
Halogen lights are high-temp
filaments giving off black-body radiation almost exactly like the Sun.
The physics of this indicate 30% of the light energy is in the 600 to
900 nm range, the "healing" range. I believe I mentioned this and
certainly I can't go into the physics of black body radiation to
demonstrate it to you, but I describe it so you can look it up to
acquire the trust, if needed. I'm sure there is a halogen spectrum
chart out there easy to find, and maybe you can do the math to compare
to LED units being sold.
People have a lot of experience seeing
"natural" is better, no matter how much "science" indicates a specific
thing, like an LED at 850 nm, might be better. Scientific journals with
credentialed super intelligent experts at many levels in the papers
published historically made people afraid of sunlight for 3 decades due
to fear of skin cancer when the needed more Sun to get enough vitamin D
to prevent maybe 10x more cancers and a lot of viral infections. Common
sense people trusted a little Sun more than experts, and they were right
for 3 decades.
You asked and I know a few: Hydrosun,
Superlizer, and Bioptron are companies in Germany, Switzerland, and
Japan received regulatory approval for various things using halogen,
going back to the 1980s. But it's usually difficult to figure out they
are just using halogen, with water or gel blocking the FIR. I thought I
invented it, but then one day I realized I've never done anything
original and made an effort to discover others and found these three.
There were others promoting light as soon as the incandescent bulb was
invented, which is nearly as good as halogen, using the same filament at
lower temp which cause more heat in the skin. And even physicians in
ancient times likes the idea of sick people laying in the Sun.
my experience, especially when it comes to health, it is credentialed
people and approved devices seeking a profit that very often
ACCIDENTALLY blocks existing knowledge to better technologies that are
nearly free. And sometimes it is done on purpose.