An electric fireplace log set is one of the easiest installation options available for someone looking to add an electric fireplace to their home. These units can be placed into an existing fireplace and are then simply plugged into a standard wall outlet. The units are designed with an integrated fireplace grate base, life-like log set and flame projection technology to create an overall believable wood burning fire experience. When determining whether or not an electric log set is the best option for you, consider some of the following features.
There are three main forms of technology utilized across manufacturers to recreate the appearance of a flickering fire.
Many log sets use high powered, LED lighting to project flame effects up and backwards onto the existing brick wall of a fireplace. The flames appear best and most clear when the back fireplace wall is black or another dark color. Units need to be placed deep into the fireplace to create bright and crisp flame effects.
Alternatively, some models have an integrated back panel for the flames to be projected on. These units have no restrictions regarding placement within the fireplace as the projected surface is attached, and always in the most ideal position.
This highly advance patented technology is exclusively available through Dimplex and utilizes water vapor to project LED lighting onto. The overall effect is a stunning 3-Dimensional display that gives the illusion of both a dancing flame as well as smoke.
Log sets that have an integrated heater employ traditional fan-forced technology. These heaters warm areas up to 400 Sq. Ft with supplemental warmth. All units can operate either flame effect only or flame with heat, so the fireplace can be enjoyed year round.
Units Without Heat
Some log sets do not have a heater integrated into the unit. These log sets serve only the purpose of creating the look of a wood burning fireplace. Great for use in homes where winters are mild and additional warmth is not necessarily needed/desired.
For added realism many log sets have LED lighting within the resin cast logs. This gives life to the logs and helps to create the illusion of smoldering wood with warming and cooling areas. Almost all units feature logs that are cast from real burnt pieces of wood for greater authenticity. Some units allow you to place the logs in your own fashion, while others are pre-molded and not movable.
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