Ceramic heaters represent the original infrared sauna heater and have been around for many years. They can get much hotter than a carbon heater and have a longer warm up time to reach their optimal temperature. They are also challenged when providing an even room temperature and often create hot or cold areas. The surface area of these heaters can get quite hot and produce a relatively short infrared wavelength so will not offer as much benefit as a carbon based heater.
Carbon heaters are thin, light, and provide an even and safe surface temperature and they can last up to 50 years! One of the most distinctive features of a carbon heater is its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the sauna. It heats up quickly (in about 10 minutes) which results in a less expensive energy bill, yet they are not as hot as a ceramic heater when touched.
Carbon heaters produce a longer infrared wave and will be more in tune with the human body. Clearlight Saunas® use Carbon/Ceramic infrared sauna heaters to offer the best of both worlds. The Clearlight True Wave® II infrared sauna heater provides the long beneficial waves of a carbon heater and the high output of a ceramic heater combined into one heater.
Make sure your infrared sauna has heaters all around you. Many companies do not use front wall heaters in their saunas. All Clearlight Saunas® have heaters on the back wall, front wall, side walls, under the bench, by your calves and in the floor. You are surrounded by infrared heat.
Clearlight® offers far infrared which is the Premier model or Full Spectrum which is the Sanctuary model.