Today I went to use shapeshift.io to trade some BTC for IOTA. I only have a small amount of BTC, and I will only be performing a single transaction. Due to congestion on the network coupled with impractical fees the aforementioned operation is infeasible.
My question is, in theory, does the lightning network help me in this situation?
I get that it can help me pay merchants several times without bloating the network/incurring multiple fees, but does it help an individual user in a single transaction like the one above? I feel like I'm missing something, because lightning is supposed to solve both congestion and fees, but in my limited understanding, it seems to do this only indirectly. It clearly would unclog the mempool a great deal, and thereby, because of a decrease in congestion result in a concurrent decrease in transaction fees. Right? But is there a direct application for single transactions not involving multiple small in/outputs like my very real world example above?
Thanks a lot for your responses.