Youngblood, you are correct. So, you paint your radiators black,
since you want for the heat to get out of them. But, you use a
brightly polished teakettle (or light colored, I guess), because it
keeps the heat in.
At night, the outside surface of your peapod (or underquilt) is
warmer than the surroundings, so you want to try to keep that heat
in. So, you use a light color or even a reflective cover. If you
make it dark, you will radiate more heat. You can't soak up heat at
night with a dark peapod, because heat has to move from hotter to
colder items (it's a law).
Like others said, the color of the inside of the bag doesn't matter
too much, since it's more of a conductive thing going on there. So
black would be nice since it hides dirt and makes it easier to dry
your bag in the sun.
All this radiation stuff works the same with heat flowing the other
way, too, right? Dark stuff gets hotter in the sun than light
stuff. The color of a surface (or whether it is rough or polished,
in the case of metal) influences heat going both in and out.
Hopefully this makes sense.
Bill in Houston
--- In email@example.com
, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@y...>
> I have this figured differently than you. I believe that darker
> materials are better at both absorbing and emmitting radiant heat.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ralph Oborn
> > You would also want it darker (better absorbing) in the infrared.
> > it is bright (emmittive) in the IR then even at night you are
> > energy (warmth). IR reflectors (foils) will slow it down, unless
> > are touching it then it is conductive heat transfer.
> > Ralph Oborn