(Corsica, SD USA)
We are doing a science fair solar oven project and the sun is not shining. Can we use infrared lights and how many infrared lights equal the equivalent to the summer time sun?
Thank you for visiting our site and for your inquiry.
I can tell you right now that yes, you can use an artificial light to test your solar cookers.
Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International always carries an infrared light to demonstrate his Global Sun Ovens when the weather is not always cooperative on a particular day.
As for how many lights, or the power and output of the infrared lights, I am not sure exactly. This is something I would have to research a bit more, but maybe one of our fellow solar cooking experts might know and respond with an answer before I do.
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