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Broan 161 Infrared Single-Bulb 250-Watt Heater

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  • Single-bulb bathroom heater for instant energy-efficient warmth
  • Adjustable mounting brackets with keyhole slots that span up to 24 inches
  • Compact steel housing; uses a 250-watt BR40-size infrared bulb (not included)
  • Requires Broan model 69W or 69V 2-function control (sold separately)
  • Measures approximately 8-3/8 inches long by 8-1/8 inches wide by 6 inches high
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Quickly create a warm, comfortable temperature in the bathroom with help from this Broan 161 single-bulb heater. The unit heats up quickly for instant relief from the chill, and its room-specific heat distribution means energy-efficient warmth--no need to adjust the central thermostat and heat up the whole house when getting ready for work in the morning. With its compact steel housing, the unit installs easily into the ceiling (though it shouldn't be placed directly over a tub or shower); its adjustable mounting brackets provide keyhole slots that span up to 24 inches. The single-bulb heater uses a 250-watt BR40-size infrared bulb (not included), and requires a Broan model 69W or 69V two-function control (sold separately) for operation. UL listed for 75-degree-C wiring (retrofits), the bulb heater measures approximately 8-3/8 inches long by 8-1/8 inches wide by 6 inches high and features a white exterior for a clean look that will nicely accommodate almost any decor.

From its humble beginnings in the 1930s, starting with one man's kitchen fan and another's melodious door chime, two companies emerged and subsequently joined forces to create one powerhouse company, Broan-NuTone--headquartered in Wisconsin and serving a global market. As North America's leading producer of residential ventilation products, Broan-NuTone provides high-quality range hoods, ventilation fans, and indoor air-quality products. The company's collection also includes chimes, central vacuums, intercom systems, medicine cabinets, built-in electric heaters, whole-house fans, attic ventilators, paddle fans, ironing centers, trash compactors, and speakers. Even more, Broan-NuTone manufactures private-label products for GE, Sears, Whirlpool, and other appliance leaders. Their revolutionary products continue to offer value, reliability, and exceptional convenience for homeowners.

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Give your bathroom an instant boost in heat with this Broan one-bulb heater (model 161). This bulb heater, which uses one 250-watt BR40 bulb (not included), gives you much-needed warmth when you need it, without touching your central thermostat. Its bulbs can be used individually when you don't need so much heat, or together when it's colder. Broan also offers one-bulb (model 162) and two-bulb (model 164) heaters with integrated fan ventilation.

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The heater features adjustable mounting brackets that can span up to 24 inches, with keyhole slots, and its housing can be vertically adjusted after your ceiling is finished to give you a perfect installation. You can control its operation through a choice of Broan wall control models (available separately):

57W, 57V, 59W, 59V, 61W, 61V, 63W, 63V, 64W, 64V, 68W, 68V, 70TW, 71V, 72W, 72V, 269WL, 269VL, DH100W or T24H

Why Spot Heating Makes Sense in Your Home

You hastily get ready every morning, head for work, the office, or school, just when the central heating system has finished warming the entire house. It's about as inefficient as it gets. Spot heating solves that problem. No longer will you heat an entire home when you simply need a bit of comfort in the bath or dressing room, or any other room.

Efficient Heating Element

Even the most efficient central heating systems send heat up the chimney. But Broan spot heaters deliver every bit of energy back into your home. There's no external venting, so the electricity you convert to heat is delivered directly where you want it.

Simple, Safe, and Efficient.

Permanently lubricated motors are quiet and require no maintenance. They can be operated by a built-in adjustable thermostat or an optional wall-mount controller. Heaters may be converted in the field to a choice of wattages/voltages. And for safety, heaters are thermal overload protected and the complete heater assembly conveniently removes from the housing for cleaning.

About Broan-NuTone

In 1932, Henry Broan developed and manufactured a kitchen fan called the Motordor Fan that provided quiet and efficient kitchen ventilation. Today, Broan-NuTone leads the industry with forward-thinking residential ventilation products, customized climate, communications and storage solutions and superior customer service. The Broan brand focuses on range hoods, ventilation fans, heater/fan/light combination units, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) fresh air systems, built-in heaters, whole-house fans, attic ventilators and trash compactors, while the NuTone brand offers door chimes, central vacuum systems, stereo intercom systems, medicine cabinets, ironing centers, ceiling fans and ventilation fans.

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161 One-Bulb 250 Watt Bulb Heat Lamp

At a Glance
  • Uses one 250-watt, BR40 size infrared bulb (not included)
  • Sturdy steel housing, adjustable mounting brackets with keyhole slots
  • Does not include fan
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Provides supplemental heat — does not take place of home's main heat source

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Technical Details
Part Number 161
Item Weight5 pounds
Product Dimensions10.2 x 10.2 x 6.7 inches
Item model number161
Sizeone size
ColorWhite
FinishWhite Or Cream
Installation MethodCeiling
Item Package Quantity1
Type of BulbInfrared
Special FeaturesHeaterWith LightHeaterWith Light
Warranty Description1-year limited warranty
  
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ASINB0015RCWRQ
Best Sellers Rank #24,545 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableOctober 26, 2006
  
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Luister on September 10, 2012
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Because the heat lamp concept is not common in bathrooms, and most of the reviews were a bit vague, I was ambivalent about the purchase. After installing and using one, here is what I know.

The bathroom is of typical size; 7 by 9 feet including the shower, and an 8 foot ceiling. If your ceilings are high, you will not want this product. You immediately feel the difference in warmth from waist to head height. You will want the lamp positioned over your chilliest spot. The heat diminishes quickly stepping side to side. It will not heat your bathroom. It is not meant to be installed in the shower, or over a tub.

Like ceiling fans, the installation is not easy, especially with low pitch roofs. Crawling around in an attic, avoiding falling between the joists, is never fun. This is not an insulated enclosure, so you will have to make provisions to hold the insulation back 3 inches. As always, installing it in new construction is far easier. If you are remodeling the room, this is the time to get one.

Install a timer switch with it. At 250 watts, you will not want to forget to turn this off. I have not touched the inner enclosure to see how hot it gets, and I am not willing to test its limits. Use it when you are there, and then TURN IT OFF.

My two regrets; first, that I was not able to install it in front of the shower. That would be ideal. Second, that I did not go with the two bulb version. I believe the difference would be significant. This is not like walking into a toasty room. The effect of the bulb is immediate, and localized. Plan accordingly.

FYI: a decision will have to be made as to what version of bulb to get. According to Osram Sylvania, the red, clear, and frosted bulbs, create the same amount of heat. However, the clear and frosted bulbs put out considerably more lumens of visible light than the red. Red is often chosen to remind people that the lamp is on.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on September 22, 2012
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We were unable to use the heater once we read the installation instructions. It can not be put into any ceilings with insulation. You have to purchase the fan with the blower attached, and we don't want a blower attached, because we spent a lot of money on a super quiet fan for our bathroom, and did not want to add a noisy blower. We wanted to return it, but the shipping charges to return the product were more than $30, so we are stuck with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrissi on February 27, 2014
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This is the second one of these I've purchased. The ceiling in one of my bathrooms is rather low and since I'm not tall, the heat from this is very good. I do not get enough warmth from the heater in the other bathroom that has a standard 8 foot ceiling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bone on July 27, 2013
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does what it needs to do and cheaper than home depot at the time and again six more words needed.
I Haved used this for over 8 months now and it is a blessing in the winter months. I have 2, one located outside the shower entrance and another buy the sink. I use the red ones and prefer this lighting for nighttime visits to the restroom. It doesn't blind your vision and lights up the room just fine, approx 12x12.
Toasty!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dancelessons on February 6, 2014
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This was part of a bathroom makeover and in hindsight I should have bought the two bulb model. It does help take the chill out of the air but the small bathroom is not really as toasty as I would like. Most definitely buy the timer switch that allows you to preheat without worrying about forgeting to turn it off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on May 21, 2015
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This product was as described. I read many reviews about people saying that the light wasn't warm enough....I was very skeptical about purchasing this light and did extensive research on it. As far as the fixture goes it is just as described.
Cons...it isn't ic rated which is a definite downside, but can be worked around.

I did find that the light really doesn't put out very much heat, which is a bummer. I can't give this product a bad review, like other people do, because the fixture functions properly and is not the cause of not producing enough heat. THE BULB on the other hand is the issue. I used a Sylvania light bulb 250w which didn't provide much heat at all. I switched to a GE 250w bulb and it does indeed produce a little more heat, not a ton, but more. So I would give the Sylvania bulb a bad review compared to the GE
Although it isn't recommended at all I ordered a 375w bulb and am going to try that.

So I give this product a good review in the sense that it works and was just as described. I don't think I would recommend this product though. I think installed another type of heat would be the way to go if you need heat that will actually have more of an effect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zero's mom on June 9, 2015
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Well, we were told that this should heat well even in a room with 10 foot ceilings, but that is not the case. And we did buy two of them and placed them where the electrician said they'd do their best work. Still have a chilly room and we live in Arizona where it doesn't get that cold. On the positive side, one that we had placed in a smaller bathroom with an 8 foot ceiling seems to be doing it's job. So I'd just stay away from installing these in rooms with 10 foot ceilings. It takes too long to make a difference as far as heating is concerned.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Piccolo on October 10, 2011
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Product arrived on time and use was flawless works as supposed to, not very fancy but fulfill the requirements: warm the bathroom.
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