is the release of electromagnetic radiation
from a hot body due to its high temperature. The release of radiation
is usually the infrared
(heat) and visible light
areas of the spectrum. Incandescence occurs in both light bulbs where the resistance of electron flow excites electrons in the material to jump to a higher orbital and thus subsequently release a photon
, and when something is 'on fire' or during an explosive
reaction or a combustion
- X-rays can also be produced by incandescence, often most energy is wasted in the form of heat.