by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© March 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


A single reddish 250-watt “heat lamp”, which is really a near infrared lamp, is an excellent healing device.  The use of a single heat lamp or a sauna made with three or four of these lamps is an integral part of almost all nutritional balancing programs.  The main exception is to avoid using the heat lamp during pregnancy because the heat can bother the fetus.

This article details where to get a lamp and clamp-on socket, how to use the lamp, and cautions that one must observe for its safe and effective use.



1. The lamp is very hot!  Make sure it is fastened securely so it won’t move or drop, as this would cause a severe burn.

2. The lamp is delicate.  Make sure it is fastened well and that you don’t accidentally hit the lamp and damage it.  When screwing in the bulb, do it very slowly and gently, as this is a weak area of these bulbs.

3. When using the lamp, move it around rather than keep it focused on one spot.  If it is only one spot, that area will get very hot.

4. Do not use other types of heat lamps or infrared lamps.   This is very tempting at times.  Other types are halogens, fluorescents, smaller lamps, or larger wattage lamps.  Also, do not use a clear or white lamp.  It must be a reddish one.




Instructions for babies:


            Most babies love the red heat lamp as early as one week after birth.  They only need it for about 1 minute per day.  Babies older than a few months can use it for up to five minutes daily.  After one year of age, one can use it for up to 7 or 8 minutes daily.  Always keep track of the time with a timer, if possible.

For babies.  Lift up the baby’s shirt and shine the lamp on the abdomen, preferably while the baby is lying comfortably in your lap or on a table.  Use caution and keep the lamp at least 1.5-2 feet or ½ meter from the babies body.  You can feel the abdomen to make sure it is not getting too hot.  If the baby cries, it is too intense and move the lamp further away.

Never allow the lamp to shine on a baby’s eyes or head.

Older children.  Again lift up the shirt and shine the lamp on the abdomen or on the back is also fine.  Have the child sit or preferably lie down comfortably.  Children older than about age 5 can usually tolerate the lamp well, and like it.  They can use it for about 10 minutes or so.  Some children know when they have had enough.


Instructions for adults: 


Clamp the lamp socket to a chair, shelf, headboard of a bed, or other convenient location where you can move your body close to the lamp.  If the spring-loaded clamp is very stiff, place a towel or glove on your hand when opening the clamp.

            Always set a timer for your session.  Infrared lights can cause deep relaxation and you could fall asleep under the light and overtreat yourself.

Sit about 12" to 30" from the lamp.  Move the lamp or your body slightly during the lamp session as otherwise it may cause a slight burn. 

Allow the area to become as hot as one can comfortably tolerate.  A slight reddening of the skin is common and is not a burn.  It will go away within an hour, and is not harmful. 

Use the lamp five to thirty minutes per session, one to about six times per day.  Be sure to observe all the cautions listed in this article.




An isolated reddish infrared heat lamp directed at an area of the body provides the following excellent and often surprising benefits:


Š           Improved circulation.

Š           Deep penetration, up to several inches inside the body.

Š           Improved oxygenation and even hydration of the tissues.

Š           Infrared effects, which may include faster tissue healing and others.

Š           The energy of the lamp is often very relaxing for muscles and for the nervous system.




            Symptom relief is never the primary use for a heat lamp during a nutritional balancing program.  This is very important.  As stated above, the use of the lamp is instead an integral part of a complete program.  However, the lamp is helpful for some symptoms, and can be used this way, at times.  Here are some examples:


Joint and muscle conditions. Joint pain, muscle strains, nasal polyps, ear aches, possibly eye problems, possibly toothaches, skin rashes, acne, boils and perhaps some other conditions of the eyes, nose, ears and sinuses.  Neck, shoulder, elbow, knee and back pain may also respond.

            Relief in one or two days has also occurred in cases of low back pain, knee pain, nerve root irritation and other local conditions.  One can safely shine the lamp on any area of the body in need of healing. However, do not shine it at the head for more than 5 minutes about every two hours.


            Injuries.  Do not use the lamp right after an injury.  Wait a few days for the initial inflammation to subside and then use it to help longer-term healing.


Infections.  The lamp works best on fungal infections, which are “cold” infections.  This includes most sinus infections, some ear infections, some intestinal infections and others.  It might irritate infections and conditions where there is a lot of heat or inflammation such as a recent injury or certain “hot” infections.

For a general treatment that can be surprisingly effective, shine the red lamp at the thymus gland, moving the body or the lamp as close as possible without causing a burn.  The thymus gland is located at the level of the breast bone. 

A treatment should last about 15-20 minutes, and can be repeated three or four times daily for a severe infection.

The lamp can also be used for ‘spot treatment’ of any infected area of the body.  For example, one patient had a sinus infection that did not respond to antibiotics or to natural healing methods.  She was weak and feverish every evening and had constant headaches.  By shining an infrared lamp on the sinuses for 5-10 minutes at a time, four times a day, relief occurred in two days with complete elimination of all symptoms in five days.  The patient continued to use the lamp for another two weeks because she said the red light felt wonderful.

Nail fungus.  A man controlled his toenail fungus on many toes by placing a red heat lamp near the floor.  Each day he moved his toes as close as he could to the lamp until he felt it start to burn.  He needed to do this every day, once daily at least, for 6 months.  The treatment does not seem to be a cure, as he must repeat it every few months or so or the condition will return, but it keeps it under control.


For babies.  The lamp can help colic, constipation, anxiety, irritability and other problems.  Do not shine the light near a baby’s eyes or at a baby’s head.


For older children. Skin rashes, blemishes, and other skin conditions may respond.  Teenage or adult acne often responds beautifully, often in a few days with just one or two treatments for 5-15 minutes per day.

For the eyes, ears, teeth and sinuses.  The single lamp can be very helpful for conditions involving these areas.  However, because they are on the head, do not use the light more than 5-10 minutes at one time.  Then wait two hours or more before doing another session.  Also, keep your eyes closed when using the light near your eyes.

Pets.  It can also be used on pets and large animals such as horses. 




Š           Do not use the lamp on any area of the head, such as the ears or sinuses, for more than 5 minutes in one session, and sessions should be at least two hours apart.

Š           Do not look at the lamp at close range.  Always close your eyes if you shine it at your head area. 

Š           Always use a timer when using the lamp so that you do not overtreat yourself.

Š           Avoid using the lamp on an injury for the first 24 hours following the injury.  The lamp might increase inflammation, which is not helpful.  However, after that time, the lamp is excellent for most injuries and accidents.

Š           Move the lamp or your body a little during a session.  Remaining in one spot too long could cause a burn.

Š           Avoid applying any kind of essential oil, lotion or cream to your skin before using the heat lamp.  Oils can heat up and cause a burn.

Š           Avoid touching an infrared lamp when hot.

Š           Avoid placing the lamp on any surface when hot to avoid igniting or burning the surface. 

Š           Treat the lamp gently.  Do not screw the lamp in too tightly.  Also, avoid banging the lamp or splashing water on it, as these could cause it to break.

Š           Rosacea or some skin cancers may become irritated by the light.




                  Purchase a 250-watt, reddish heat lamp’.  They cost between about $10-15.00 USD.  Do not use a clear bulb, or a halogen bulb or any other type.

                  Companies that make these bulbs include Sylvania, Philips, Havel-Sli, Westinghouse, General Electric, FEIT and perhaps others.  They are all very similar, and any of them are fine.

                  The bulb need not be pure red - the color varies from a yellowish to a deeper red color.  These bulbs are often sold for use in chicken coops as brooder lamps.  They are also used in some restaurants to keep food warm, and they are found in some people’s bathrooms to heat up the bathroom.

                  Also, purchase a clamp-on lamp socket rated for at least a 250-watt light bulb.  It costs about $10.-20. USD and they are sold at many hardware stores.  It should have a guard or reflector and ideally the guard should prevent the possibility of touching the bulb itself, which is extremely hot.


                  In America, you may buy a reddish heat lamp and a clamp-on socket at most hardware stores such as True Value Hardware, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s and some Walmart stores.


                  In Europe: Here is a website to purchase the bulbs in Europe (220 volt version):


                  In Australia: Here is a website to buy a heat lamp in Australia (also 220 volts):


            To get a clamp light socket, here are two links:


Other sources for lamps and sockets are listed at Where To Buy A Sauna.  To read more about near infrared lamp saunas, read Sauna Therapy on this website.



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