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Oscillating Halogen Heater
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Oscillating Halogen Heater
Advantages: Features a plenty for such a cheap heater.
Disadvantages: Grill still gets hot, dangerous for children/pets?
I was surprised to see this product without a Dooyoo review, especially considering its affordability in comparison with other models occupying the market. You can find an Oscillating Halogen Heater for around £50 on the internet, and the website for clifford-james are doing a buy-one-get-one-free offer on their £44.99 price at the moment. I think that's great for such a useful piece of equipment, which, if you are only interested in heating a certain area of your house (like a bedroom or lounge) during those high fuel consuming winter nights, will save you a bundle. These bits of kit have improved massively over the years, they are now far more efficient, reliable, and consume a hell of a lot less energy than their predecessors.
- One of the main features of the device, expressed in its title, is its oscillating function. The heater can be set at a revolving angle so that it emits heat to different volumes of space within a room. If you're sitting near the heater and it is permanently emitting onto your person, the heat can be irritating and at times unbearable, the oscillating function allows heat to be distributed more evenly - and best of all, the machine makes little to no sound whilst doing this.
- There are three different heat settings for the device - 400W / 800W / 1200W. Usually I'll just have the heater on full wack, because it is usually very cold at the time. But having the choice is nice, and it's easy to change from one to the next using the plastic buttons on the top to click through the power options.
- 'Grill security' as it is described in the manual is I presume the mesh coating positioned over the front of the halogen tube emitters. If you put your hand to it it is still very hot. I'm not sure how secure it would be for a small child with small fingers - but at least it is some degree of protection for pets and kids.
- An anti-fall system is also in place to prevent the equipment causing fires, or just singeing the carpet when knocked to the ground. basically, it cuts out as it falls. A good idea I think, but it doesn't get over the issue of curtain fires when the thing is stood upright, but then again that's the users responsibility.
- The device is very portable. requiring just one plug socket, it can be taken anywhere - and due to its lightweight components and relatively small size this can be undertaken with ease. Holidays and trips to relatives living in large old dark mansions are made more comfortable for example...
- The casing of the device, unlike its grill, is a plastic compounded with some sort of insulating formation which enables it to be cool on touch - and as a result it has been aptly named 'cool-touch casing'.
One final point: The heated halogen tubes produce enough light to act as a night light in a bedroom, or a kind of corner lamp in a dining room, but not as a main light to a room - this is its kind of indirect feature. Equally so, the light does not glare against televisions or windows, and so doesn't disrupt a space light-wise.
The heat when on full power (1200W) is great. It is consistently emitted from the halogen tubes (which provide a more reliable and efficient form of heat energy) at just five pence per hour due to the infrared technology in operation. When the heater oscillates away from you, the air still feels warmed sufficiently - unlike other heaters I've sampled in which you only benefit when the device is squarely facing you. If you drop the power capacity to a lower setting, the heat seems to diminish at a greater rate than it is supposed to. It's as though the device has been built to work solely on the top power setting (as though they have presumed people will only be interested in this level of heat).
Using this machine everyday will surely lower its life-expectancy and probably lead to the need for repairs, but I wouldn't know because I only use it about once a week during the three coldest months of winter - but for the winter I have used it at least, it has never lowered in power (on 1200W) or damaged its self in any way.
In my opinion, you only need one heater per about 15-20 meters squared of space, so dependent on your room sizes you can estimate the amount of heaters you need to purchase - and always bare in mind that 2-4-1 offer I explained at the beginning.
This is a fine piece of heating equipment for the home. Despite its low price and relatively limited features, it performs excellently and I have had no reliability issues at all over the several months I've owned one. With three heat settings (of which only one is useful), fall-fail and oscillating functions, portability and a cool-touch casing, it is a wonder the thing operates so well - after-all, it must have been constructed from cheap components to be sold at such a low price. All in all then, a 5-star cheap alternative to boiler heating your whole house during those chilly winter weeks.
Summary: If you're worried about the heating bill and only use one or two rooms - get a few of these!
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