can this be wired to a reistat switch or 2 switches because it has two heat seatings?
We would like to install these about 13 feet ceiling mounted. We don't need to be toasty warm, just make a difference when coming in from the outside. THus we would like to install these with switches, but need to acomplish either the two settings or better yet control the heater with a reistat switch if possible. This is for the ProFusion Heat Ceiling Mounted Heater 5200 BTU, 1500 watt.
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on "ProFusion Heat Ceiling-Mounted Workshop Heater with Halogen Light - 5,200 BTU, 1,500 Watt"
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This unit is not made to be wired to an external switch. A rheostat will not work with this unit because the heat settings are not achieved by varying the current to the unit. The first heat setting provides full power to one of the halogen bulbs and the second heat setting provides full power to both of the bulbs. For a heater that has an option wall mounted control I would recommend item # 176540 and the optional control (item # 70008). See links below for more details.
Solaira Heaters Variable Heat Controller, Model# SCTR120-240
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13th foot mounting height might be a little high. I have mine mounted at 8' 6". I used 2x4s to make a hanging extension and screwed the bracket directly to the 1-1/2" bottom. Works great. I would not advise a reostat switch, the 2 position built in switch is more than adequate. You could wire them to a switch with the unit's switch on low or high so even with a wall switch you will have to use the unit switch as well
answered 5 years ago
- Bethpage, Tennessee
Can't think of any easy way to add a reostat or multi-position switch. The unit has a pull cord that cycles through 4 settings: Off, Light only, Light + low heat and light + high heat. You could leave the unit in any of the settings and wire a simple ON-Off switch to activate that setting. Or you could add a longer cord to the existing pull cord and operate that way.
I would note that at 13ft, I am not sure just how much heat you will feel with this unit. It's only 5200 BTU, nothing like the gas fired ceiling units you may have encountered. I have mine located on a 7ft ceiling and it doesn't get too hot even standing directly in front of it.
I don't see why you couldn't control this heater with a standard light dimmer that is rated for 1500 watts. Wire the wall mounted dimmer to a standard 110 volt outlet on the ceiling. Then set the heater's switch to high heat (both tubes on) and control on/off as well as heat output with the light dimmer.
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