Infrared IR Carbon Crystal Heating Panel 1200 x 1000mm 1200W UK Plug
1200W Infrared Carbon Crystal Heating Panel - Low Cost and Efficient Heating Solution!
The Basics Of Infrared Heating
This is the point where you forget everything you know about the way heating systems work. Infrared panels transmit heat by way of thermal radiation and emitting loads of infrared rays – the same kind of heat emitted by the sun.
Thankfully, our panels don’t blast you with UV light too – so they’re completely safe to use!
These infrared rays bounce around everywhere in the room. Each time they hit something, the object absorbs some of the heat, affecting its temperature on a molecular level.
The objects, whether it’s the carpet, a sofa, or even you, then emit that heat back out through conduction, convection or radiation.
Conduction is the transferring of heat energy through the contact between 2 surfaces. This might occur when you sit on a chair, and the heat is conducted from the chair to you.
Convection is the transfer of heat energy between two objects with the air acting as the intermediary. You can feel this as an object gets hotter, and you place your hand near it without touching it. This is how standard convection heaters work too – by heating the air around them.
Radiation is the transferring of heat energy between two objects through the electromagnetic spectrum – without using the air as an intermediary. The heat is directly passed from source to target. It’s through this method that IR panels radiate heat.
This means that no energy is wasted on heating the air – you feel the rays directly on your skin. The feeling is akin to stepping out from the shade on a summer’s day.
Positioning the infrared heating panels is key
If you have purchased – or are about to purchase – infrared heater, then understanding where to put them is important to get the best results.
Infrared heating panels don’t operate like conventional convection heating, which warms air. Instead the panels emit far-infrared radiation, which travels unimpeded until it hits a solid object, which will in turn absorb the infrared and then heat up. Do not mistake infrared with harmful UV light, which is on the other side of the light spectrum – infrared is 100% safe.
The main thing to remember is that if the infrared radiation is impeded before it reaches its destination, then the object will not warm up. As a result, to get the most out of the heating panel it should ideally be fitted in the centre of the room. Or if you have a larger area and are getting a number of panels, then they should be evenly distributed in that space. The panels should be above seating areas so as not to be shadowed, which is why positioning on the ceilings is by far the most popular.
The distribution of infrared heater rays
When the panel is positioned on the wall or ceiling, the infrared radiation will travel at 45o angles in all directions. If they are in a corner and too close to a wall other than the one they are attached to, then you will be warming a small concentrated area; this is not ideal since you will be wasting potentially useful heat. For this reason it is paramount that you don’t position the panels too close to the walls: rather ‘centre’ them as much as possible.
Panel should be at least 1.5m (5 feet) away. When the panel is on, it will beam the infrared radiation up to 3m(10 feet). If you have higher ceilings you may consider using a wire to suspend the panel from the ceiling (Kits are available online)
If you install the panel on the wall, then you should try and position it as high as possible. Positioning panel too low will almost certainly result in furniture blocking the infrared radiation, which will limit the heating.
Panel to be positioned 2.0m (6 to 7 feet) high. Like your radiators, the surface temperature of the panel gets to about 80oc, so do not touch or have objects too close to them.
The installation process
All our panels come with a UK plug, so you can simply plug in and go, but we recommend hardwiring them into an electric circuit where possible. This allows you to use a proper switch (like a light switch) to turn them on. It also means you can install a smart heating system for optimal efficiency. We strongly recommend a professional installation and having the panels ‘hard wired’ into your electrical system by a Part P-qualified electrician.
The infrared panels will invariably come with a frame on the back, which allows you to easily attach them to the wall. This does mean that the panels will sit about 1-2 cm off the wall / ceiling.
Although the panels radiate heat from their front surface (which will get warm), the reflector technology will ensure that there is no heat being emitted out of the back. The fact they are sitting away from the wall also helps in this respect.
Our panels will be supplied with screws and fixings to get the panels attached to the wall or ceiling. We do recommend getting an electrician to fix them in position though, and hardwire them into your mains electricity rather than simply run through an existing plug socket.
When the panels are plugged in, they take about 90 seconds to get up to full heat intensity and since you don’t need to wait for the air to get warm, you should feel their effect very quickly. To stop the panels from overheating, they will modulate and come on and off as required; however we recommend having them installed with some form of thermostatic control to ensure the room doesn’t get too warm. The most basic option is a timer plug adapter, however we recommend going for a proper thermostat and programmer unit if you have the funds available. Running panel 24/7 will reduce the lifespan dramatically so we highly recommend to use thermostatic controller or timer!
Installing infrared panels in the bathroom
Our panels are either IP45 or IP54 rated, which means they can also be used in bathrooms. It is worth bearing in mind that building regulations state that any electrical bathroom installations should be undertaken by a Part P qualified electrician, who in turn will complete a BS7671 installation certificate.
- Wattage: 1200w
- Working Voltage: 220-240v
- Surface temperature: 70-130 °C
- Frequency: 50 Hz
- Dimensions (L x W x H) 1095 x 1195 x 22 mm
- Surface: White PET
- Overheat protection device
- Energy Transfer Ratio: 98%
- Weight: 8kg
- CE, RoHs, GS Certified
- 5 Years Warranty
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