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Take the chill away.
on September 10, 2012
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.