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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 2, 2003
It is everything it says but if you have it oscolating in front of you it is like a spotlight! The Halogen reflects off of the parabolic dome and blinds you everytime it faces you. If you like it dark when you watch TV at night this is a very bright night light. If you're just going to put it in the corner and not have it face you it's a great heater. We returned it in spite of all of its other great features.
if you want parablolic try the coil based heaters like Holmes or the Windchaser models. They are not as efficient but they aren't so bright either.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I really like this and my cats absolutely love it. I end up with a string of cats littering the floor in the direction that this is pointing. If you're pointing the (very bright) thing at yourself, you get nice and toasty (5 stars for toasty and energy efficiency), however this unit did not do a great job of heating the whole room unless I left it on for a very long time (3 stars for heating a whole room). Last of all, I'm buying a second one because my first one kicked itself off and won't go on again. It's about two years old which isn't so bad but I do like things that last (3 stars for staying power).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2006
I've had the lamp for three years and find that it's my best portable heater. In the beginning, I found the bright light annoying, but have learned to overcome this by placing the heater behind me or to the side. The features I like about it are that it begins heating instantly and intensely. It's great for heating up just where I'm watching tv in my cold sunroom in the winter and uses a lot less electic than the room heat pump. While I'm lying on floor cushions, I have the heater to the right of the tv, aimed especially down and at my feet. The light is no brighter than the regular floor lamp that I have next to it. I think the cheerful light also helps me dealing with seasonal affective disorder (winter blues). I'm hoping I get a few more years use out of this marvel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2005
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Feels like you are taking a sunbath...even in a 55 deg warehouse. It heats you, not the air. You feel the heat instantly.

Most air portable heaters are 1500 watts and up. The high setting on these is only 800 watts. They save money and feel warmer in open spaces. We set up several to surround workstations otherwise you really notice your warm parts versus your cold ones.

Not the best solution for lounging around the house...it really is bright.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2006
This beats oil filled heaters, ceramic heaters, and any others.

First because its efficiency. It runs in two modes 400w and 800w.

Which are a lot less than usually 1000w space heaters. at 400w i am

very comfortable.

second, I LOVE THE LIGHT.

there are studies where people get depressed living in dark regions

or seasonal changes. This thing give you kind of sun-like beam

and is very toasty and comfortable enough for me to go day dream.

very relaxing.

People think since it's halogen life span of the heater won't be more very long. However, upon close inspection the coil of the halgen is very

thick. It's not like halogen lamp that you use for lighting purposes.

It will last minimum 3 to 5 years if you are careful with it and don't shake it or move it around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2005
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I love this heater. We also have an oil-filled radiator type electric heater. The Soleus is superior in every way. The plug on the radiator heater gets hot after an hour or so of use but this one doesn't. And it warms you the instant you turn it on.

My husband complains a little about the brightness but it doesn't bother me at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2008
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As long as one realizes that an infrared radiant heater is designed to heat people, not rooms, there will be no disappointment with this little gem. If you want a room heater, try something else such as an oil filled or ceramic heater.

I prefer the halogen quartz over the carbon tube product, as they are instant on / instant off, provide the most efficient production of infrared energy, minimize production of waste heat, and do so while consuming half the power.

Compare this product to the well known Holmes or Lakewood vertical carbon tube heaters :

Instant on / off compared to 3-5 minute warm up and shut down times.

800 watts max versus 1500 watts max.

No fan versus a cooling fan needed to draw off excess heat from the carbon tubes / protective cover.

If you absolutely must have a vertical carbon tube heater, pay very close attention to the protective cover design. The Holmes model uses a perforated metal grill, and there is just too much metal between you and the heating elements. As a result, much of that infrared energy goes to heating the grill instead of you. Perhaps another reason a fan is needed to draw off excess heat. On the other hand, the Lakewood model uses a wire grid as a protective cover, similar to what you might see on an electric fan. I believe this design will allow much more of the infrared energy to get to the individual being warmed.

The only negative I can mention is I have been unable to find a source of replacement lamps if and when the original bites the dust. Anyone out there been successful in finding a source for replacement bulbs ?

I am so pleased with my initial Soleus purchase that I am ordering a second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
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I am very happy with the Soleus MS10R Reflective Space Heater. Basically it is like a fan only it is a heater. It has a safety switch that turns it off, a remote operates all functions, which include a timer, 2 settings for the heat level and the thing oscillates back and forth so it will more efficiently heat a room. The unit was on sale for an excellent price. The shipping and handling charges were reasonable. The unit only took a few days to arrive, and that was in the middle of the Christmas rush! In fact I was so happy with the one I ordered for myself, I ordered 2 more for each of my kids to use in their homes.
Here is a link for purchasing: Soleus MS10R Electric Reflective Halogen Space Heater
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2007
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I discovered that the Soleus MS-10r causes severe line voltage interference when the heat is set to the LOW setting. When set to LOW, I have, so far, found that this unit causes these following items to emit a loud humming noise from their tranformer: A computer UPS, a CD player and a stereo amplifier.

Buyer beware!!! Even if the appliances in your household emit no hum noise, I'm certain that this much amount of line interference can't be great towards the long term reliability of sensitive electronic items!

This is the first item I've ever owned that does this and I am a gadget freak. How in the world did UL ever put their stamp of approval on this product!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2007
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It may be bright, but at its lowest setting it surely puts out a lot of heat, saving on heating bills! It only consumes 400 watts on its 'low' setting (800 watts on 'high')and if you're mostly in one room, why heat your whole house when you don't need to? This also encourages family togetherness since it ocillates. I have this pedestal one as well as the floor/table model for use on the living room floor. I just ordered a second pedestal type for another bedroom. The ocillation feature as well as the remote control are pluses and my cats love it as well! Can't go wrong by using this fine heater. I happily give it 5 stars.
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