How To Add NIR To ANY FIR Sauna (cheap DIY full spectrum sauna hack?)

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In this how-to guide, we’ll go over how you can add near infrared to any far infrared sauna (new or old). Many people hesitate to buy a $3,000 heat lamp tent sauna, which are often uncomfortable and you have to crouch down to get in and out. Some people love them, but I’m not a huge fan of them, especially when you can add the same bulbs to any far infrared sauna for around $100 dollars.

This tutorial will show you where to buy the parts to make this yourself, how to install the bulb fixtures, and also how to customize the setup so you can have everything on remote switches. This way, you’ll be able to turn on the NIR whenever you like from inside the sauna.


Build A DIY Full Spectrum Sauna On The Cheap?

Some people are looking to build a full spectrum sauna at home, which is what this will give you in some fashion.  However, for clarity, I still think you need dedicated far infrared to get a good full body sweat. These “near infrared” bulbs they use in heat lamp saunas can be a good addition for other things, but using just this for you entire sauna experience has been less than stellar in my experience. (*you’ll have to watch my other videos on NIR saunas to understand why I put that in quotes, and why I’m not a fan of having to add supplemental heat to tent saunas.)   


How To Make Any Far Infrared Sauna, Have Near Infrared (for $100 bucks)

This is the how to guide on how to add near infrared to any far infrared sauna brand for around $100 dollars. Many people have requested this, since most NIR heat lamp saunas are thousands of dollars, along with PBMT red light therapy devices also being fairly expensive (which I do recommend btw). Using these parts, you can simply mount the same near infrared bulbs used in the heat lamp saunas, in your far infrared sauna. You’ll be able to comfortably enjoy your PBMT therapy, without crouching down in a little tent sauna…. and it won’t break the bank!

Here’s the NIR modification parts list used in the installation video:

You can also find this exact same list in the YouTube description of the video, if you’re on mobile it might be easier to click right in the app.

Surface Mount Socket: https://amzn.to/2HdYsiX

I used old screws I had laying around, but any 1″ wood screws like these should do – https://amzn.to/2VWOhHs

Leviton Plug: https://amzn.to/2He1qDN
Power Strip: https://amzn.to/2W4E8ZD

Remote Outlet Switches:

My switches https://amzn.to/2PWQWvz
More options https://amzn.to/2HdRMBh

Socket Extensions: (most people should use the 2″ option)

2″ https://amzn.to/2vSdZ1q
6″ https://amzn.to/2PYRYar
18″ https://amzn.to/2LDc6QT

Near Infrared Bulb Choices:

Phillips https://amzn.to/2vRbH2z
Rubylux https://amzn.to/2Q0QlJ9
Triangle https://amzn.to/2JxVDuE
Industrial Performance https://amzn.to/2Jx164D

Other parts you may want:

Power strip https://amzn.to/2W4E8ZD
Wire nuts https://amzn.to/2Q1d7Az
This might be easier for some people https://amzn.to/2PXRUre
Electrical Tape https://amzn.to/2YfZoZI

*Disclaimer: this is not endorsed by any sauna company. This is a custom modification you do at home. No sauna company sells this kit, nor would they suggest putting 200+ degree heat lamp bulbs within arms reach for liability purposes. Some sauna companies will not like you doing this, others will love it. For those who cannot afford high end PBMT red light therapy devices, this should get you by. This video is not to be a debate between sauna companies, it is simply a tutorial on how to install them if this is what you’re looking for.

** Additional disclaimer: I mention several times in the video, if you’re going to put children in your sauna, do not use long extensions to mount heat lamp bulbs down low. These bulbs get super hot near the surface at a distance of 10″ or closer, so you want to keep them up high near the ceiling and out of reach of children. I know this is common sense and I don’t really need these disclaimers, but for people who skim the videos and don’t watch the whole thing and don’t hear me say it 3 times in the video…


How To Build A Near Infrared Heat Lamp Sauna – Should You Even?

I don’t recommend building a near infrared tent sauna, unless you’re going to construct an insulated enclosure. Generally for sweating purposes, you’re going to want a full body sweat that doesn’t take an hour to achieve. In order to get this out of heat lamp saunas alone, you’ll have to rotate like a rotisserie, and even then you won’t get your legs sweating without additional bulbs or supplemental heat. (an additional heater besides the bulbs)

For this reason, the near infrared Dr. Wilson style saunas I built did not work very well, and I don’t recommend them.

Instead, I recommend you purchase a far infrared sauna that’s low emf from the certified sauna list, and then add NIR red light therapy to it in whichever way suits you.

You will be a LOT more comfortable in a stand up wooden sauna with a glass door, compared to a tent you have to crouch down and get in. And as we all know, if it’s not enjoyable or is uncomfortable, you’re not very likely to use it consistently. That was one of my other issues with every tent sauna or lie down unit I’ve tested.

If you have configuration questions on these near infrared heat lamp saunas, use the comment system below and I can make addendum’s to the list for you.


What About Clamp Lights And A Stick To Use In Your Shower?

My first iteration of a Dr. Wilson NIR design, was nothing more than some clamp lights screwed to a dowel rod.

I do not recommend simply clamping heat lamp domes to a stick, and hanging it over you. They had a tendency to slip off when I did this, but maybe I’m just clumsy with them? What I did instead, was take off the clamp portion, and screw the fixture directly to something.

Even when I did get this to work, you run into it not heating you very well because you’re not in an insulated enclosure.  I suppose this is still better than nothing if it’s all you can for the time being, but in the future I would suggest improving your setup to get better sweats in far less time.

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