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Advantages and Disadvantages of Halogen Heaters

This article aims to clearly explain exactly what halogen heaters are, what they are used for, their advantages and disadvantages. The article also explains the differences between halogen heaters and Tansun infrared heaters.

What are halogen heaters?

Halogen heaters are heaters that incorporate the halogen element within their heating lamp and bulb. However the confusion arises because the halogen in the halogen lamps are not the actual heating element.

The reason they are called halogen heaters is because within the halogen lamps, halogen gases are used to increase the brightness of the bulbs and also to increase its lifespan. The halogen also prevents the bulbs from darkening and so the halogen lamps are safe to operate at higher temperatures, compared with lamps that do not use halogen gas.

What are Halogen Heaters used for?

    Halogen heaters are usually used in outdoor heating. The ability for halogen lamps to be able to generate high levels of heat make them ideal for heating different types of outdoor areas including terraces and patios. Most outdoor heaters use halogen lamps within the heaters due to the brightness and high intensity heat the lamps can produce.

    Halogen heaters are also often used as mobile heaters as they are lightweight and portable. The heaters can also quickly provide heat, meaning the halogen heaters can provide instantaneous heat as soon as the heaters are switched on.

Infrared heater with a superior parabolic reflector with a halogen lamp
Advantages of Halogen Heaters
    • Energy saving – halogen heaters provide heat almost instantly and the radiant heat released by the heaters effectively heats a small area, and this greatly reduces the amount of energy the heaters consume.
    • Environmentally friendly – halogen lamps do not release smoke so there are no carbon monoxide emissions released from the heaters.
    • Safety –the halogen lamps themselves do not actually heat up so they are considered safe in most environments.
    • Easy installation – many halogen heaters are easier to install than many alternate heating methods.
Energy efficient and every saving logo to represent the energy savings of the environmentally friendly halogen heaters
Disadvantages of Halogen Heaters
    • Not ideal for space heating – even though halogen heaters provide radiant heat, they are not ideal for space heating, where heating large buildings or large areas is required.
    • Costly to run – halogen heaters are usually quite costly to run compared to other forms of heating depending on the type of halogen heater, particularly during the winter months when the heaters have to left switched on for longer periods of time.
    • Only heats specific area - halogen heaters only heat the specific areas they are targeting so if a person is slightly away from that heating area, they will not be heated and will remain cold.
Tansun infrared heaters vs halogen heaters

    Due to Tansun quartz infrared heaters containing the halogen lamp, Tansun heaters are sometimes referred to as halogen heaters. However, Tansun heaters are not halogen heaters and there are differences between Tansun infrared heaters and halogen heaters.

    Many Tansun heaters use infrared short wave heat while halogen heaters do not emit this type of heat. The short wave heaters provide high intensity radiant heat, similar to sunshine from the sun. It also means that some Tansun heaters are ideal for space heating, whereas halogen heaters were not designed for heating large areas.

    Tansun short wave infrared heaters are more energy efficient than most types of halogen heaters, with 92% of the energy being emitted as heat and so Tansun heaters directly heat the objects and people requiring the heat, not the air around.

Tansun Apollo infrared space heaters mounted on ceiling of large industrial warehouse heating the workers below
Types of Tansun Infrared Heaters

    There are three types of infrared heating: short wave, medium wave and long wave infrared. Most of Tansun infrared heaters use short infrared heat as it provides the most powerful instantaneous type of heating and make the heaters perfect for outdoor, commercial and space heating.

    The Tansun Apollo and Sorrento heating range are ideal for heating large spaces like warehouses or other industrial areas. The Tansun Monaco and Bahama range of low glare heaters are perfect for outdoor commercial areas.

    The medium wave heaters Tansun offer are the Eclipse and Sorrento Ceramic heating range, ideal for environments where less heat and no glare is required. These medium wave heaters are often used in hospitals, theatres and catering environments.

    For more information about Tansun’s heaters, please visit our “ infrared heaters” page.

Tansun Monaco Double quartz infrared heaters installed in outdoor dining area of a restaurant

Halogen heaters are usually environmentally friendly, safe to use and easy to install, making them ideal for heating small intimate areas. However, they are not designed for space heating, unlike some of Tansun's short wave infrared heater ranges. Tansun short wave heaters are also maintenance free, provide instantaneous heat and are more energy efficient than most of the alternative heaters. 

This means more energy is saved and heating costs are significantly reduced from using Tansun short wave heaters, as opposed to using alternative heating methods. Overall Tansun short wave infrared heaters are a more ideal option than halogen heaters for more efficient heating of small and large areas.