Infrared light is one type of light that is invisible to us. Gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet light, microwaves and radio waves are other types of invisible light. All of these rays and waves are the same type of electromagnetic energy. Your eyes cannot see light that has a wavelength longer than 0.7 microns.
Keeping this in view, how do infrared signals work?
Infrared light is in the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. An IR remote control (the transmitter) sends out pulses of infrared light that represent specific binary codes. These binary codes correspond to commands, such as Power On/Off and Volume Up.
What are some examples of infrared waves?
Some examples of radiating infrared waves are burning charcoal, heat from an electric heater, fire or a radiator emitting warmth. Infrared radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that objects emit when they are hot but not quite hot enough to emit visible light.
What does infrared do?
All objects on Earth emit IR radiation, or heat, which can be detected by electronic sensors, such as those used in night-vision goggles and infrared cameras. A simple example of such a sensor is the bolometer, which consists of a telescope with a temperature-sensitive resistor, or thermistor, at its focal point.