Infrared saunas have recently evolved from alternative medical practices to an at-home and accessible health trend.
With more and more peer-reviewed papers being published, it’s no surprise that these products have had tremendous technological improvements over the years.
One thing to remember is that these technological improvements develop in the shape of better products and not necessarily in improving the amount of effectiveness of health benefits themselves.
In this article, we will look at the development of infrared heater technology and why it is important when choosing an infrared sauna.
Upgrading A Sauna With Extra Heaters
We've dreamed of the day that our saunas become more than just a sauna. Our vision is to have a one-stop wellness capsule that identifies biomarkers in your health and tailors a range of therapeutic modalities to suit.
To date, we've developed a range of integrative wellness enhancements that can be used in combination with your Clearlight Infrared® Sauna.
This is one of our most unique features.
The first add-on we created was an additional True Wave™ Full Spectrum Mini Heater.
FS Mini for short is a compact version of the patented True Wave™ technology used in our Sanctuary and Outdoor Sauna models.
Granting the sauna an extra 300 watts of full-spectrum infrared heat will slightly increase the maximum temperature of your sauna and provide more direct contact with the therapeutic full-spectrum infrared wavelengths.
While it may seem like "more of the same", what's impressive about the FS mini add-on is the compatibility with our Premier Sauna models allowing you to upgrade from only a far-infrared sauna to a full-spectrum sauna, not to mention the additional heat.
Interested in enhancing your sauna with the True Wave II™ FS Mini Heater?
Contact our friendly sales team here for more information.
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What Infrared Wavelength Is Used In An Infrared Sauna?
The most common ‘type’ of infrared wavelength for infrared saunas are far-infrared wavelengths.
This is commonly noted as the ‘most beneficial’ type of infrared wavelength due to its ability to travel long distances without dispersing and becoming ineffective.
Clearlight Infrared® Saunas has always utilised a unique type of far-infrared heater called the True Wave™ Heater.
This patent-pending technology is unique in a multitude of ways.
The first is that True Wave™ Heaters are extremely low EMF and ELF producing heaters, a claim that many competitive manufacturers make without evidence.
Take a look at the rigorous testing our Clearlight Infrared® Saunas undergo here.
Combining the True Wave™ Heaters with our signature Clearlight EMF/ELF shielding technology provides the safest and most reliable infrared sauna bathing experience every time.
The second technological advancement of our True Wave™ Heaters is that they are a hybrid of carbon and ceramic heaters.
A fusion of both carbon and ceramic materials ensures the longest wavelengths are produced at the highest output.
This means that the far-infrared wavelengths produced by your True Wave™ heaters are the most efficient and effective in providing therapeutic benefits.
Last but not least, the third advancement in our True Wave™ Heaters is a simple yet important one.
It’s all about the placement.
Infrared therapy is effective because it heats the body directly, and not the air around.
This is the main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas, where infrared saunas use emissivity to heat you and traditional saunas use convection.
Clearlight Infrared® Saunas have specifically been designed to concentrate the heat from the True Wave™ Heaters directly to your core.
This ensures that the maximum absorption of therapeutic heat is achieved.
Take a look at our Premier™ Sauna models that utilise our patent-pending True Wave™ Far-infrared Heaters here.
But this isn’t the only infrared wavelength that has been developed for therapeutic benefits. Near-infrared and mid-infrared are two other wavelengths that have been used extensively for health treatments and provide similar yet slightly different benefits.
Clearlight Infrared® Saunas founder, Dr. Rayleigh Duncan went on to develop the True Wave II™ FS Heater, which incorporated all three wavelengths, near-infrared, mid-infrared and far-infrared, all in one heater and coining the term full-spectrum.
We have a range of medical studies and papers on the proven health benefits of infrared technology that you can read here.
What Are Full-Spectrum Heaters?
The discovery of a single form of infrared wavelength dramatically minimising the overall therapeutic abilities that the infrared-heaters could offer, specifically, the modalities of near-infrared and mid-infrared wavelengths, caused Clearlight Infrared® Saunas to invest in a new form of heater.
Clearlight founder, Dr. Rayleigh Duncan explains his coined term, Full-Spectrum, by stating, “we wanted to convey three different bandwidths of infrared, namely far, mid and near, so that’s all we’re saying”.
Over the past 10 years, the use of infrared technology for healing purposes boomed, and with the internet and increased popularity of e-commerce, this caused the sauna industry to become flooded with numerous startup sauna companies. Many of these startup sauna companies had little understanding of the scientific and medical considerations for the therapeutic benefits of infrared therapy. Subsequently offering low cost, low-quality, and sometimes toxic infrared saunas. To this day, cheaper companies continue to use the term 'Full-Spectrum', with little to no understanding of the infrared technology.
Clearlight Infrared® Saunas was the first to produce infrared heaters that utilised full-spectrum wavelengths and has continued to make the most technological advancements in with the heater panels since then. These patented advancements come from the bulbs, materials, and engineering designs that are exclusive to Clearlight Infrared® Saunas, offers premium, non-toxic infrared therapy.
Are LED Bulbs For Infrared Sauna Heaters Good?
LED bulbs for infrared therapy is a great technology, especially for near-infrared wavelengths. The benefits of LED bulbs is the low wattage they use to produce high-quality near-infrared. Although near-infrared is extremely effective for topical treatments, the downside is the LED must be directly over the intended treated area at a close distance. This is why LED bulbs for infrared heaters aren’t effective for their healing and health benefits, especially in saunas. To receive the healing benefits of LED bulb heaters in a sauna would require you to have the surface area of your body directly up against the heater (visualize a gecko clinging onto a wall).
Why Use Halogen Bulbs For Infrared Sauna Heaters?
Halogen bulbs for infrared therapy offer great diversity in infrared wavelengths, as well as impactful heat. Not only are they energy efficient to run, but they also heat up quickly in comparison to other heaters. These factors, along with the power of the halogen bulbs, and the disadvantages of LED bulbs that are mentioned above, are the core reasons why Clearlight Infrared® Saunas use a type of halogen bulb in the patented True Wave® full-spectrum heaters.
The difference between Clearlight Infrared® Sauna heaters, also known as True Wave™ heaters is the patent. Because they have an incredibly low EMF/ELF, and are the only infrared heaters to combine both carbon and ceramic heaters into one complete heater. Taking the advantages of carbon heaters - being the longest infrared wave output - and combining it with the advantages of the ceramic heater - being the highest infrared output.
It's for these reasons Clearlight Infrared® Saunas patented full-spectrum heaters, True Wave™ Heaters is the best infrared-sauna heater on the market today.
If you're interested in an infrared sauna cabin for home, click here to view our range of full-spectrum saunas, far-infrared saunas, and outdoor saunas.
Clearlight would like to remind users that this should not be taken as direct medical advice, and you should always consult a licensed health practitioner before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or existing pain treatment regimen.